** These images are made to run from a micro-SD card, 32GB is the minimum but it is advised to use more. To reclaim the additional space, boot the image and use gparted. Alternatively, you can download the gparted iso to your PC and run it in a virtual machine. Advanced users that wish to run the build on the internal storage may do so by either formatting their internal or creating a partition and then using dd to copy the SD to the internal storage.
These builds are on Ubuntu 22 LTS, with the Aya 2 running 6.1 kernel and the 2S running 6.2 kernel. Both builds include Wine, Steam and Retro Arena preinstalled, Retro Arena provides Retroarch and numerous stand alone emulators for retro gaming.
the es_systems.cfg located at /etc/emulationstation needs to be tweaked to launch GameCube from emulationstation, but this can be drag and drop replaced once we modify it.
This build emulates Atari to Switch, including PS2, PS3, Xbox, and many more. Cemu for Wii-U can be run via Wine but must be user installed.
The password for Ubuntu is techtoytinker
Aya Neo 2:
Aya Neo 2S:
A look at the build for Ubuntu 22 LTS
A look at the build for Windows
You will need a keyboard for the first-time setup of PSP, Mame and Advanced Mame.
This image may be run from Micro SD. The easiest way to expand the Micro SD is using Gparted on your PC in a virtual machine.
To install to internal (advanced users only) boot from the SD, and DD the .img to the internal.
Wine and Steam, along with Retro Arena (A.R.E.S) are preinstalled. You must install WIne HQ yourself.
This will be the final RC until the fingerprint sensor module is ready, however .zip file updates that will improve emulation will be released.
Aya Air Ubuntu 22 Stable:
Aya Air and other devices available here:
A look at the current Aya Air Ubuntu image
Ubuntu 20 Alpha 1 release:
This release fixes the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules, has proper screen ratio, working touchscreen, virtual keyboard, and steam.
It comes also with Aurora Retro Entertainment System (my custom retro gaming build) pre enabled. This provides Emulationstation as a front end, RetroArch 1.9.14 and numerous stand alone emulators (Rpcs3, Dolphin, Citra, and more). A.R.E.S can run Atari to PS3.
Steam and Kodi can be launched from Emulationstation or you can exit to a Desktop.
This image is 32 GB and can be written to and booted from a USB stick or SD card(if you have a USB C hub with SD reader). You do not need to install it internally or touch your internal memory to use it. However, it can access your files on the windows internal storage, disable fast boot to use this option as the current windows hibernates on sleep and Linux won't touch dirty drives.
If you already use Launchbox or Emulationstation on windows, you can mount and symlink those files to Linux and not need to have the same files twice.
Lutris and wine are also installed, and this release is multiarch with i386 support.
This is an alpha, you can expect to find a bug or two, it is likely to be trivial, but fair warning that you may find one.
**If you want to use your games and files from Windows on this Ubuntu EmulationStation, you need to disable fast boot in Windows.
To do this boot Windows, then click start and type cmd into the box, right click it and press run as administrator.
type powercfg.exe /hibernate off to disable hibernation.
powercfg.exe /hibernate on will resume this mode.
*** You can expand the image on SD/USB by using GParted, leave a small amount of empty space at the end of the card when you resize, 200mb is enough. I have tested this on 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB cards. Download the GParted ISO and use it in a VM if you are not experienced with Linux.
Download link for Alpha and Beta 20.04 and 22.04 Beta (use external hard drive, USB or SD in the dock):
EmulationStation for Windows:
This build is a self contained zip file, simply download it and unzip it somewhere in Windows, we generally use C: as the root.
All the emulators, and folder structures for your own games and all necessary files are included inside of the zip, the launcher is in the root of EmulationStation.
Windows games and Steam games can be loaded by placing a shortcut to the .exe in /EmulationStation/roms/windows
ES for Windows link(configured with Xbox 360 controller for Aya Neo):
The Aya Air has a Micro SD port, write Ubuntu to a Micro SD card, insert it into the air, and connect a USB keyboard for first use. Enter bios and swap boot order to the Ubuntu SD. Now you can boot from SD for Linux or Internal for Windows. Do not take the card in and out continuously as its bad for the spring inside the slot.
Aya Neo and Aya Neo Pro are available here:
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