Anbox Rejuvenated, RUM Redesigned, and more!

Just in case you were concerned about the well-being of Anbox, there is no need to worry. He is on the mend, feeling more rejuvenated than ever in RebornOS. And what’s more, he recently decided to become friends with RUM (Reborn Updates and Maintenace). As such, without further ado, here are the details of the transpired events.

If you have been following what has been going on in our Discord channels as of late, you may have noticed an insane amount of notifications coming from the rarely used #english channel. And if you are the curious type like I am, you may have decided to find out what was going on. Well, thanks to the goals of a user over there called AbrahamR, we have Anbox updated and fully functional once again! He had noticed that we at RebornOS have an option to install Anbox. I mean, he actually read our entire homepage I guess! And then guess what. Our Anbox script was broken. The horrors! So over the weekend (and Monday), we got it fixed up. And not just that, but cleaned up too! The new code that is used to install and set up Anbox for you is not only much more thorough and less interactive, it even is designed to be as little maintenance for us – meaning more stability for you. The new code used is launched securely through the use of a pkexec command, allowing you to rest assured that everything is as secure as possible.

Well, mostly. We do have to allow a systemd service to run one command as root for you during your booting process if you install Anbox. Basically, Anbox on Arch Linux (and hence RebornOS as well) does not start the snap service automatically for Anbox like it should upon every bootup. And to further complicate matters, that snap service on Arch Linux requires the use of sudo! So we were left with no option but to create a systemd service that automatically starts that Anbox service for you as root upon the startup of your computer. Other than that necessary side effect of a working Anbox installation, everything is looking fabulous in the world of Anbox on RebornOS right now. In fact, I was able to utilize a script by the fine people over at Geeks-R-Us that allows you to now run ARM-only Android apps on your non-ARM system! Plus, it installs a fully functional Playstore for you too! No more installing apps for Anbox via the command line. You can if you still want to of course, but if you find the experience of navigating the Playstore either more pleasurable or easy, you are now able to use that as well. Additionally, unlike some updates that bring you new exciting features, this one does not hoard even more space on your system. Instead, it frees it! Previously, we were using a separate package called anbox-reborn to house the script. But I realized that in RUM (Reborn Updates and Maintenance), we already have an “Install Anbox” button that just hands the job over to that other package. So no we have gotten rid of the necessity of that package for you and just brought the code over to RUM so that you can have one fewer packages installed on your RebornOS setup. Regardless of the amount of storage space you might have on your computer, who doesn’t like a little bit more? So life in the world of Anbox on RebornOS is looking fairly well right now indeed! In fact, here is a picture of that button I was mentioning in RUM below.

There’s that button to install Anbox!

But wait a moment here… if you have opened up RUM in the last month or so, you will know that this is an entirely new layout. Where did all the options on the sidebar go? Well, don’t worry. We are not GNOME. We did not just remove them randomly. Instead, we are in the process of adding more options! And because of this, we had to figure out a way to present them in a more organized way that optimized our available space within the application. So we grouped similar tabs together that had previously been on the sidebar of RUM. For instance, in that screenshot, you can see that under Programs we now have two tabs at the top of the application that offer both the Addons and the Tools options that you are familiar with. By doing it this way, we not only give ourselves – and you as the community – room in the application to expect more fun things down the road, but also as small a change as possible. Everything in the application is still grouped together like it was earlier. Everything that was under Tools earlier, still is. And that is true for every single option within RUM that you are accustomed to.

Lastly, RUM’s visual department got some updates as well! We now sport our regular, blue logo within the application itself, as well as found ourselves an amazing little logo to represent the application. This fabulous RUM logo was created by none other than TriVoxel, the same person who designed the animation for some of our latest Youtube videos for our channel. Thanks to both the time he spent on it, as well as the talent he put into it, we now have a specialized logo for RUM that still stays true to the rest of RebornOS as a whole.

 

Finally, I would like to thank all of you who offer RebornOS a spot on your hardware. You are what make RebornOS what it is. You are what give us a reason to add all these new features, and a reason to continue doing what we do. Without you, there would be no RebornOS at all! Remember to stay safe in these times, and to keep the Lord always before you. The Lord who has conquered armies and brought empires to their knees will in no case lose control at the hands of a mere virus. That said, He does not promise health. Just look at how His disciples died. One was crucified upside-down, another beheaded. All left this world in circumstances less than fortunate. What He does promise is so much better. Eternal life in His presence to all who will allow Him to pay the penalty you deserve for your transgressions against a thrice holy God, if you will only repent (acknowledge your sins and turn from them towards the open arms of Christ), putting your trust in Him. So as Martin Luther said when the Black Death was spreading across Europe,

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

– Martin Luther

So like Luther, may we offer aid to those around us while still protecting ourselves. May we be responsible members of society, doing what we can to protect ourselves as well as those around us.

Until next time,

  • Keegan

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