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In the news: Armbian 21.05 Now Available; StarLabs has Released Another Linux Laptop; Ubuntu 21.04 Adds Support for Active Directory; Gnome 40 Available on openSUSE; Kernel 5.13 Merges Apple M1 Hardware Support: and KDE Launches the Qt 5 Patch Collection. 

Armbian 21.05 Now Available

For anyone that makes use of ARM-based architecture, you have a friend in Armbian, a Debian-based Linux distribution, purpose-built for ARM and embedded devices (including development boards and Linux phones). Armbian is a simple-to-use, lightweight, secure Linux distribution, optimized for ARM-based hardware. This new release includes the 5.11 kernel, which now includes support for the Orange Pi R1 Plus as well as improved NVidia Jetson Nano support.

But Armbian isn't limited to only single-board computers and other embedded devices. This distribution can also run on ARM-based laptops such as the Pinebook Pro (https://www.pine64.org/pinebook-pro/). Other supported devices include Banana Pi BPI-M3, Firefly, ODROID N2+, ODROID-XU4, ROCKPro64, NanoPi K2, NanoPi M4V2, and Tinker Board computers.

Although Armbian defaults to the Xfce desktop, Armbian 21.05 also brings support for the Gnome desktop environment. You'll also find USB-C DisplayPort and eDP outputs enabled for the NanoPC-T4 board, as well as the usual host of bug fixes, patches, and updates.

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