Architectures/ARM/F19 Release Announcement

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Fedora 19 for ARM

The Fedora ARM team is pleased to announce the final release of Fedora 19 for the 32-bit ARM Architecture. We are providing both pre-installed disk media images (suitable for use with devices that boot from removable media, such as an SD Card), as well as installer images (suitable for use with a wide variety of devices, including ARM server systems powered by the Calxeda EnergyCore ECX1000 "highbank" processor):

What is included in the Fedora 19 for ARM release?

The Fedora 19 for ARM Architecture release includes prebuilt images suitable for use with:

  • Versatile Express (QEMU)
  • CompuLab TrimSlice (Tegra2)
  • Texas Instruments PandaBoard (OMAP4)
  • Calxeda EnergyCore ECX1000 (HighBank)

Images are provided in two forms (types): for those devices that require a VFAT partition to boot from (Texas Instruments PandaBoard), and for those devices that can boot from a standard EXT3/4 filesystem. The VFAT images are clearly labeled as such. Images are available for each of the major desktop environments (MATE, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, SOAS), as well as a "Minimal" image that does not include a desktop environment.

These prebuilt images can be written directly to SD Card, USB, or SATA drive and in most cases can be booted without any additional steps or configuration. Please see the board-specific installation instructions for additional information.

Installation Instructions

Please refer to the Fedora 19 for ARM Architecture installation instructions. Additional non-ARM specific information is contained within the Fedora 19 Feature List and Common Bugs documents:

Raspberry Pi and other Remixes

If you are looking for a Fedora 19 on a device that wasn't mentioned above it may not have official support due to some licensing issue or lack of upstream support. Unofficial Fedora remixes are available for additional targets including the Raspberry Pi and other popular devices. The list of known Fedora 19 remixes is catalogued at Architectures/ARM/F19/Remixes.

Known Issues

  • A known issue exists wherein OMAP3-based devices, such as the Texas Instruments BeagleBoard and BeagleBone, are are unable to boot the standard installation images (this is due to a Cortex-A15 errata option that was enabled in the kernel and has been disabled). We hope to issue updated installation images once Fedora 19 transitions to Linux kernel 3.10. At this time, technical users may choose to manually replace the kernel in order to enable support for these devices. Others are encouraged to wait for updated images.
  • llvmpipe as shipped in Fedora 19 segfaults when ran, this means that gnome is not a desktop that works out of the box. To have a working Gnome desktop you would need to get a proprietary 3d driver for your hardware or wait until the issue is fixed in an update.

Contributing to Fedora ARM

Please join us on the IRC in #fedora-arm[?] channel on Freenode or on our mailing list arm. For more information on common and known bugs or tips on how to report bugs please refer to the release notes:

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