Releases and the differences between them

Drauger OS, while having been around for almost a year now, has had a number of releases. Here, we plan to explain the differences between each release, and the code name for each one. Most places in the Drauger OS ecosystem, you will find different releases referred to by their version numbers. However it is still good to understand which code name belongs to which release.

 

7.2.7 : No Code Name

Drauger OS 7.2.7 was the first public release of Drauger OS. ISO files averaged around 3.5 GB for this release. It came with RetroArch, as well as emulators for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Gameboy, PlayStation 1 and 2, and SNES. It also had Steam pre-installed. This release had 7 different releases (hence the final 7 and the end of the version number). 1-6 where all non-working and had no downloads. 7.2.7 is the only release that actually worked and could be installed.

 

This release is no longer supported. If you are still using it, please update to the latest version of Drauger OS.

 

7.3.6 : Code Named Revenant

Drauger OS 7.3.6 is the immediate successor to Drauger OS 7.2.7, and the first release to have not only a proper Beta cycle, but also to have a dedicated code name: Revenant. This release came with all the emulators of 7.2.7, but also had the BIOS files of the PlayStation 1 and 2 included for better performance with those emulators. It also came with an emulator Nintendo Wii, replaced casper with live-boot, changed a lot of the UI and theming to be darker and flatter, had the first version of our welcome screen, and had support for internet time. This version of Drauger OS also was the first one to actually get updates from the Drauger OS Developers, using the old update-os script. It also came with usb-scanner, the custom Xbox controller daemon made for Drauger OS, pre-installed and running on boot. This made 7.3.6 take up a lot of CPU power, while it was very RAM savvy.

 

This release is no longer supported. If you are still using it, please update to the latest version of Drauger OS.

 

7.3.7 : Code Name Revenant

7.3.7 was released during the Nintendo Game ROM crack down of 2018. It had none of the emulators and BIOS files that where previously installed. But, in exchange, also has better graphics support through more up-to-date MESA and Vulkan Drivers. It also came with the Drauger Store, a small, buggy app store for games and emulators. Drauger Store is no longer supported.

This release is no longer supported. If you are still using it, please update to the latest version of Drauger OS.

 

7.4.1 : Code Named Jiangshi

7.4.1 shiped with Lutris preinstalled, and does away with the old update-os script in favor of a dedicated apt repository for a less intrusive, more robust, more secure, and more reliable update experience. It also replaces Xfce’s default screen compositor with Compton for a more smooth experience. Furthermore, it ships with DXVK installed so that Windows games running in WINE / POL get better performance.

This release is no longer supported. If you are still using it, please update to the latest version of Drauger OS.

 

7.5.1 : Code Named Zombi

7.5.1 is the current stable release. It does away with many of the PPAs Drauger OS 7.4.1 and older shipped with, instead providing the exact same packages through the Drauger OS apt repository. It is the first release to stop using SystemBack. Instead, it ships with Timeshift for back-up and our dedicated system installation utility for installing the OS. It also switches to using systemd-boot on UEFI systems, providing a much quicker boot-up.

 

7.6 : Code Named Strigoi

7.6 is currently in extremely early Alpha stages, with no public release available yet. Scheduled to release in mid-2022, it will be based off Ubuntu 22.04 and is an iterative improvement on Drauger OS 7.5.1. Most of the major improvements involve bug fixes, new features in our system installation utility, and a new GTK theme (Nocturn).