Apertis v2019.2 Release

Apertis is a Debian derivative distribution geared towards the creation of product-specific images for ARM (both the 32bit ARMv7 and 64-bit ARMv8 versions using the hardfloat ABI) and Intel x86-64 (64-bit) systems.

Apertis v2019.2 is the third stable release of the Apertis v2019 release flow. Apertis is committed to maintaining the v2019 release stream until June 2021.

This Apertis release is built on top of Debian Buster with several customisations.

Test results for the v2019.2 release are available in the following test reports:

Point releases including all the security fixes accumulated will be published quarterly, up to v2019.7.

Release flow

  • 2019 Q1: v2019dev0
  • 2019 Q2: v2019pre
  • 2019 Q3: v2019.0
  • 2019 Q4: v2019.1
  • 2020 Q1: v2019.2
  • 2020 Q2: v2019.3
  • 2020 Q3: v2019.4
  • 2020 Q4: v2019.5
  • 2021 Q1: v2019.6
  • 2021 Q2: v2019.7

Release downloads

Apertis v2019.2 images
Intel 64-bit minimal target base SDK SDK
ARM 32-bit (U-Boot) minimal
ARM 64-bit (U-Boot) minimal

The Intel minimal and target images are tested on the reference hardware (MinnowBoard MAX), but they can run on any UEFI-based x86-64 system. The basesdk and sdk images are tested under VirtualBox.

Apertis v2019 repositories

deb https://repositories.apertis.org/apertis/ v2019 target development sdk hmi
deb https://repositories.apertis.org/apertis/ v2019-security target development sdk hmi


This is a point release in the stable cycle, only security fixes and small changes are appropriate for this release stream.

This release includes:

  • the security updates from Debian Buster
  • a fix for the bluez package resolving a conflict with its AppArmor profile
  • the removal of the dependency on the libquvi package from totem-pl-parser due to GPL-3 licensing issues
  • the AppArmor profile for the tracker package has been moved to the package itself, rather than in the chaiwala-apparmor-profiles package
  • the switch to the ICU backend in the tracker package to avoid GPL-3 issues with libunistring

Deprecations and ABI/API breaks

Being a point release, no new deprecations or ABI breaks are part of this release


Apertis Docker registry

The Apertis Docker registry stores Docker images in order to provide a unified and easily reproducible build environment for developers and services.

As of today, this includes the apertis-image-builder, apertis-package-builder, apertis-package-source-builder, apertis-testcases-builder and apertis-documentation-builder Docker images.

Apertis infrastructure tools

The Apertis v2019 infrastructure repository provides packages for the required versions of ostree-push and ostree for Debian Buster:

deb https://repositories.apertis.org/infrastructure-v2019/ buster infrastructure


Image daily builds, as well as release builds can be found at:


Image build tools can be found in the Apertis tools repositories.

Infrastructure overview

The Image build infrastructure document provides an overview of the image building process and the involved services.

Known issues

High (9)

  • T6514 USB adapter start to reconnect breaking the configuration
  • T6705 Unexpected rollback for SabreLite in case of several reboots in a row
  • T6710 btrfs-progs contains (L)GPL-3 code
  • T6712 iptables-persistent is released under the GPL-3
  • T6717 util-linux contains GPL-3 code
  • T6718 v4l-utils contains GPL-3 code
  • T6774 U-Boot for Renesas board is absent in 2021
  • T6789 Switch to FIT images causes the i.MX6 OSTree images to fail to boot on LAVA
  • T6799 Devroot-64 build fails for dlt-daemon

Normal (158)

  • T6795 SabreLite failing to boot due to failing “to start udev Coldplug all Devices”
  • T2043 property changed signal in org.bluez.Network1 is not emiting when PAN disconnects
  • T2853 GStreamer playbin prioritises imxeglvivsink over clutterautovideosink
  • T2896 Crash when initialising egl on ARM target
  • T2930 Develop test case for out of screen events in Wayland images
  • T3121 Test apps are failing in Liblightwood with the use of GTest
  • T3210 Fix Tracker testcase to not download media files from random HTTP user folders
  • T3217 VirtualBox display freezes when creating multiple notifications at once and interacting (hover and click) with them
  • T3233 Ribchester: deadlock when calling RemoveApp() right after RollBack()
  • T3291 tracker tests: Error creating thumbnails: No poster key found in metadata
  • T3321 libgles2-vivante-dev is not installable
  • T3920 arm-linux-gnueabihf-pkg-config does not work with sysroots installed by ade
  • T3970 Ensure that the arch:all packages in the archive match the arch-specific versions
  • T4092 Containers fail to load on Gen4 host
  • T4242 gnutls depends on old abandoned package gmp4 due to licensing reasons
  • T4293 Preseed action is needed for Debos
  • T4307 ribchester-core causes apparmor denies on non-btrfs minimal image
  • T4394 gupnp-services: browsing and introspection tests fail
  • T4409 tracker-indexing-mass-storage test case fails
  • T4422 do-branching fails at a late stage cloning OBS binary repos
  • T4444 A 2-3 second lag between the speakers is observed when a hfp connection is made over bluetooth
  • T4502 SDK hangs when trying to execute bluez-hfp testcase
  • T4568 Ribchester mount unit depends on Btrfs
  • T4660 Eclipse Build is not working for HelloWorld App
  • T4693 Not able to create namespace for AppArmor container on the internal mx6qsabrelite images with proprietary kernel
  • T4755 Seek/Pause option does not work correctly on YouTube
  • T5053 Canterbury needs to explicitly killed to relaunch the Mildenhall compositor
  • T5128 cgroups-resource-control: cpu-shares test failed
  • T5153 tracker-indexing-local-storage: run-test test failed
  • T5210 apparmor-tracker: tracker.normal.expected test failed
  • T5256 gupnp-services: test_service_introspection test failed
  • T5284 gupnp-services: test_service_browsing test failed
  • T5335 “Setup Install to Target” option is not showing on eclipse
  • T5351 rhosydd: integration test failed
  • T5468 build-snapshot: allow to build packages without autogen.sh script
  • T5487 Wi-Fi search button is missing in wifi application
  • T5498 traprain: gnome-desktop-testing test failed
  • T5576 bluez-hfp testcase fails
  • T5611 kbd package has broken/problematic dependencies
  • T5739 Debos crash when a recipes embbed recipes with ostree-commit and ostree-deploy
  • T5746 Both sysroot and devroot folder is exist in /opt path
  • T5747 The /boot mountpoint is not empty
  • T5748 System users are shipped in /usr/etc/passwd instead of /lib/passwd
  • T5757 apparmor-gstreamer1-0: run-test-sh test failed
  • T5763 Fix the RFS tiny images filesystem structure
  • T5765 apparmor-gstreamer1-0: 6_apparmor-gstreamer1-0 test failed
  • T5769 cgroups-resource-control: 8_cgroups-resource-control test failed
  • T5770 folks-alias-persistence: 4_folks-alias-persistence test failed
  • T5803 aa_get_complaints.sh script needs to be run with sudo permission
  • T5818 apparmor-tumbler: 9_apparmor-tumbler test failed
  • T5819 cgroups-resource-control: 6_cgroups-resource-control test failed
  • T5821 gettext-i18n: gettext-i18n test failed
  • T5833 apparmor-tumbler: 8_apparmor-tumbler test failed
  • T5837 apparmor-utils: apparmor-utils test failed
  • T5838 gettext-i18n: 11_gettext-i18n test failed
  • T5842 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 14_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T5848 canterbury: 3_canterbury test failed
  • T5852 Terminal comes up inside the Launcher
  • T5857 gettext-i18n: 10_gettext-i18n test failed
  • T5859 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 13_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T5860 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 17_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T5861 dbus-installed-tests: trying to overwrite mktemp.1.gz
  • T5863 Songs/Videos don’t play on i.MX6 with Frampton on internal images
  • T5896 sdk-dbus-tools-bustle testcase is failing
  • T5897 apparmor-ofono test fails
  • T5899 apparmor-bluez-avrcp-volume test fails
  • T5900 evolution-sync-bluetooth test fails
  • T5901 eclipse-plugins-apertis-management package is missing
  • T5902 A2DP test is failing as part of the bluez-phone test
  • T5905 No audio/sound is heard while making a call in the bluez-hfp testcase
  • T5906 Video does not stream in WebKit on the i.MX6 internal images
  • T5913 ofono-tests package is missing
  • T5929 connman-pan-tethering test fail
  • T5930 connman-pan-network-access test fails
  • T5931 connman-usb-tethering test fails
  • T5933 ifconfig command need to be run with sudo permission
  • T5935 libfolks-ofono25 package not found
  • T5988 canterbury: 2_canterbury test failed
  • T5991 newport: 7_newport test failed
  • T5992 newport: 6_newport test failed
  • T5993 rhosydd: 8_rhosydd test failed
  • T5994 rhosydd: 7_rhosydd test failed
  • T5997 traprain: 10_traprain test failed
  • T5998 traprain: 9_traprain test failed
  • T6001 eclipse-plugins-remote-debugging test fails
  • T6003 Thumb nails of songs are not seen on the SDK
  • T6008 The pacrunner package used for proxy autoconfiguration is not available
  • T6009 Auto-resizing of the SDK display in VirtualBox is known to be broken
  • T6011 Booting the SDK in VirtualBox appears to be broken with the 6.0.4 VirtualBox Guest Extensions
  • T6012 webkit2gtk-event-handling-redesign test fails on the amd64 ostree images
  • T6015 simple-agent not found
  • T6017 bluez-avrcp-volume test fails on the sdk and base sdk
  • T6018 bluez-hfp testcase fails on sdk
  • T6024 folks-inspect: command not found
  • T6052 Multimedia playback is broken on the internal i.MX6 images (internal 3.14 ADIT kernel issue)
  • T6057 gupnp-services: 13_gupnp-services test failed
  • T6077 youtube Videos are not playing on upstream webkit2GTK
  • T6078 Page scroll is lagging in Minibrowser on upstream webkit2GTK
  • T6111 traprain: 7_traprain test failed
  • T6130 frome: 5_frome test failed
  • T6131 frome: 6_frome test failed
  • T6230 qa-report-app: Tests results are not available for the modules job
  • T6231 gitlab-to-obs: Handle packages changing component across releases
  • T6233 apparmor-session-lockdown-no-deny test fails on all platforms
  • T6243 AppArmor ubercache support is no longer enabled after 18.12
  • T6277 ldconfig: Warning comes up when we do an apt-get upgrade on the i.MX6
  • T6291 Generated lavaphabbridge error report email provides wrong link for full report link
  • T6292 gettext-i18n: 9_gettext-i18n test failed
  • T6293 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 16_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T6296 gupnp-services: 11_gupnp-services test failed
  • T6307 apparmor-pulseaudio: 14_apparmor-pulseaudio test failed
  • T6310 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 20_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T6337 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 19_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T6349 sdk-code-analysis-tools-splint: 3_sdk-code-analysis-tools-splint test failed
  • T6350 sdk-debug-tools-gdb: 4_sdk-debug-tools-gdb test failed
  • T6351 sdk-debug-tools-strace: 5_sdk-debug-tools-strace test failed
  • T6352 sdk-debug-tools-valgrind: 6_sdk-debug-tools-valgrind test failed
  • T6366 sdk-cross-compilation: 10_sdk-cross-compilation test failed
  • T6369 apparmor-gstreamer1-0: 12_apparmor-gstreamer1-0 test failed
  • T6444 aum-update-rollback-tests/arm64,amd64: Automatic power cut test should be reworked to reduce the speed of delta read
  • T6446 aum-update-rollback-tests/amd64: DNS not available in LAVA tests after reboot
  • T6466 Thumbnails for songs/videos are not shown when opening the app too soon
  • T6500 assertion ’error == NULL || *error == NULL’ failed message seen on executing apertis-update-manager-diskfull testcase
  • T6502 Ostree upgrade failed message seen when executing apertis-update-manager-diskfull test
  • T6614 aum-update-rollback-tests/armhf: Rollback situation is not reproduced on public armhf target and internal images
  • T6620 Repeatedly plugging and unplugging a USB flash drive on i.MX6 (Sabrelite) results in USB failure
  • T6646 bluez-phone test fails
  • T6650 A2DP test is failing as part of the bluez-phone test
  • T6652 tests: apparmor-tracker, apparmor-geoclue: absent malicious library
  • T6656 apparmor-geoclue: 8_apparmor-geoclue test failed
  • T6657 apparmor-tracker: 21_apparmor-tracker test failed
  • T6662 SDK: command-not-found package is broken
  • T6666 apparmor-geoclue: 7_apparmor-geoclue test failed
  • T6667 apparmor-tracker: 20_apparmor-tracker test failed
  • T6669 Stop building cross compilers tools and libraries for not supported platforms
  • T6670 Remove or move git-mediawiki package from the development repo
  • T6680 Drop mkdocs package from development repository
  • T6681 Fix btrfs packages in the development repository
  • T6682 Drop or fix installation for git-all package in development repository
  • T6683 Drop or fix installation for gccbrig package in development repository
  • T6684 Move dh-python package from target to development repository
  • T6685 Fix gstreamer1.0-gl package in target repository
  • T6686 Move kernel-wedge package from target to development repository
  • T6687 Move kdump-tools package from target to development repository
  • T6688 Fix libblockdev-btrfs2 in target repository
  • T6689 Move skales package from target to development repository
  • T6690 Fix mesa-vdpau-drivers package in target repository
  • T6691 Fix mesa-va-drivers package in target repository
  • T6692 Move makedumpfile package from target to development repository
  • T6693 Move lsb-release package from target to development repository
  • T6694 Fix firmware-linux package in target
  • T6695 Remove remaining hotdoc dbgsym package from development repository
  • T6727 FTBFS: Apertis v2020pre package build failures
  • T6764 apparmor-session-lockdown-no-deny: 10_apparmor-session-lockdown-no-deny test failed
  • T6768 Fix the kernel command line generation in OSTRee for FIT image
  • T6773 HAB testing: the unsigned image may pass validation in several circumstances
  • T6782 HUAWEI USB modem not getting mounted
  • T6783 Kernel trace on armhf board with attached screen

Low (19)

  • T1809 Upstream: linux-tools-generic should depend on lsb-release
  • T1924 telepathy-ring: Review and fix SMS test
  • T1964 Mildenhall compositor crops windows
  • T2142 Power button appers to be disabled on target
  • T2226 Network search pop-up isn’t coming up in wi-fi settings
  • T2367 Videos are hidden when Eye is launched
  • T2483 Video doesn’t play when toggling from full screen to detail view
  • T2498 Simulator screen is not in center but left aligned
  • T2704 The video player window is split into 2 frames in default view
  • T3161 If 2 drawers are activated, the most recent one hides behind the older one, instead of coming on top of older one.
  • T3537 cgroups-resource-control: test network-cgroup-prio-class failed
  • T3759 Status bar is not getting updated with the current song/video being played
  • T3955 rhosydd-client crashes when displaying vehicle properties for mock backend
  • T3965 Rhosydd service crashes when client exits on some special usecases (Refer description for it)
  • T4166 On multiple re-entries from settings to eye the compositor hangs
  • T4296 Segmentation fault is observed on closing the mildenhall-compositor
  • T4490 webkit2gtk-drag-and-drop doesn’t work with touch
  • T5898 traffic-control-basic test fails
  • T6065 apt-get dist-upgrade fails on SDK

Lowest (81)

  • T789 Remove unnecessary folks package dependencies for automated tests
  • T1556 No connectivity Popup is not seen when the internet is disconnected.
  • T1960 remove INSTALL, aclocal.m4 files from langtoft
  • T2028 Documentation is not available from the main folder
  • T2224 apparmor-libreoffice: libreoffice.normal.expected fails: ods_to_pdf: fail [Bugzilla bug #331]
  • T2299 Clutter_text_set_text API redraws entire clutterstage
  • T2317 libgrassmoor: executes tracker-control binary
  • T2318 mildenhall-settings: does not generate localization files from source
  • T2475 Theme ,any F node which is a child of an E node is not working for Apertis widgets.
  • T2781 Horizontal scroll is not shown on GtkClutterLauncher
  • T2785 The background HMI is blank on clicking the button for Power OFF
  • T2788 Share links to facebook, twitter are nbt working in browser (GtkClutterLauncher)
  • T2790 Background video is not played in some website with GtkClutterLauncher
  • T2833 Interaction with PulseAudio not allowed by its AppArmor profile
  • T2858 shapwick reads /etc/nsswitch.conf and /etc/passwd, and writes /var/root/.cache/dconf/
  • T2889 Cannot open/view pdf documents in browser (GtkClutterLauncher)
  • T2890 Zoom in feature does not work on google maps
  • T2892 Printing hotdoc webpage directly results in misformatted document
  • T2917 Images for the video links are not shown in news.google.com on GtkClutterLauncher
  • T2995 Focus in launcher rollers broken because of copy/paste errors
  • T3008 beep audio decoder gives errors continously
  • T3171 Unusable header in Traprain section in Devhelp
  • T3174 Clang package fails to install appropriate egg-info needed by hotdoc
  • T3219 Canterbury messes up kerning when .desktop uses unicode chars
  • T3237 make check fails on libbredon package for wayland warnings
  • T3280 Cannot open links within website like yahoo.com
  • T3319 mx6qsabrelite: linking issue with libgstimxeglvivsink.so and libgstimxvpu.so gstreamer plugins
  • T3332 Compositor seems to hide the bottom menu of a webpage
  • T3430 Spacing issues between text and selection box in website like amazon
  • T3431 Content on a webpage doesn’t load in sync with the scroll bar
  • T3433 Resizing the window causes page corruption
  • T3506 Confirm dialog status updated before selecting the confirm option YES/NO
  • T3517 webview Y offset not considered to place, full screen video on youtube webpage
  • T3563 GObject Generator link throws 404 error
  • T3564 GLib, GIO Reference Manual links are incorrectly swapped
  • T3580 Canterbury entry-point launching hides global popups, but only sometimes
  • T3588 <abstractions/chaiwala-base> gives privileges that not every app-bundle should have
  • T3631 Segmentation fault when disposing test executable of mildenhall
  • T3647 The web runtime doesn’t set the related view when opening new windows
  • T3729 ribchester: gnome-desktop-testing test times out
  • T3730 canterbury: Most of the tests fail
  • T3763 Compositor hides the other screens
  • T3771 Roller problem in settings application
  • T3797 Variable roller is not working
  • T3798 In mildenhall, URL history speller implementation is incomplete.
  • T3909 MildenhallSelectionPopupItem doesn’t take ownership when set properties
  • T3939 libshoreham packaging bugs
  • T3940 libmildenhall-0-0 contains files that would conflict with a future libmildenhall-0-1
  • T3969 MildenhallSelPopupItem model should be changed to accept only gchar * instead of MildenhallSelPopupItemIconDetail for icons
  • T3971 libbredon/seed uninstallable on target as they depend on libraries in :development
  • T3972 webview-test should be shipped in libbredon-0-tests instead of libbredon-0-1
  • T3973 bredon-0-launcher should be shipped in its own package, not in libbredon-0-1
  • T3991 virtual keyboard is not showing for password input field of any webpage
  • T3992 Steps like pattern is seen in the background in songs application
  • T3996 Avoid unconstrained dbus AppArmor rules in frome
  • T4005 Newport test fails on minimal images
  • T4009 connman: patch “Use ProtectSystem=true” rejected upstream
  • T4010 connman: patch “device: Don’t report EALREADY” not accepted upstream
  • T4027 webkit2GTK crash observed flicking on webview from other widget
  • T4031 Mildenhall should install themes in the standard xdg data dirs
  • T4046 Page rendering is not smooth in sites like www.yahoo.com
  • T4048 HTML5 demo video’s appear flipped when played on webkit2 based browser app
  • T4050 Render theme buttons are not updating with respect to different zoom levels
  • T4052 Rendering issue observed on websites like http://www.moneycontrol.com
  • T4089 Crash observed on webruntime framework
  • T4110 Crash observed on seed module when we accesing the D-Bus call method
  • T4142 introspectable support for GObject property, signal and methods
  • T4244 zoom feature is not working as expected
  • T4348 Inital Roller mappings are misaligned on the HMI
  • T4383 folks-metacontacts-antilinking: folks-metacontacts-antilinking_sh.service failed
  • T4386 apparmor-tracker: AssertionError: False is not true
  • T4392 apparmor-gstreamer1.0: gstreamer1.0-decode: assertion failed
  • T4395 tracker-indexing-local-storage: AssertionError: False is not true
  • T4419 traprain: sadt: error: cannot find debian/tests/control
  • T4420 canterbury: core-as-root and full-as-root tests failed
  • T4421 ribchester: Job for generated-test-case-ribchester.service canceled
  • T5301 libsoup: /usr/lib/libsoup2.4/installed-tests/libsoup/ssl-test test failed
  • T5754 cgroups-resource-control: 3_cgroups-resource-control test failed
  • T5755 tracker-indexing-local-storage: 18_tracker-indexing-local-storage test failed
  • T5989 frome: 6_frome test failed
  • T5990 frome: 5_frome test failed