Kirkwood processors were developed for network connected consumer electronic equipment that are used in gateway/access point, set-top boxes, network storage, digital home media servers, point of services terminal, and plug computers (sheevaplug, dreamplug, guruplug, etc).
A plug computer is a small form factor server, intended to provide network-based services within the home. These ARM based devices provides always-on, always-connected, and environmentally-friendly computing that is readily available for developers.
The Guruplugs are one of the popular plug computers. More information on Guruplugs can be found here. Below is the technical specifications for a typical GuruPlug Server Plus
- 1.0 Ghz - 1.2 Ghz Processor (Marvell 88F6281)
- 512 MB 16-bit DDR2 RAM
- 512 MB NAND Flash
- 802.11 b/g WiFi
- SATA 2.0 port (eSATA)
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 x 16550 compatible UART interfaces (external JTAG adapter)
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x MicroSD Slot
Running Fedora on a Kirkwood Device
This page will give a user detailed instructions for running Fedora 17 GA on a Kirkwood based device. The F17 GA image provides a user with a minimal text based installation to a serial console. At the moment there is no GUI image available. F17 GA image has been tested to run on GuruPlug Server Plus using MicroSD card.
Download the image
The first step is to download the Fedora 17 image. The prebuilt images include kernels and can be written directly to an microSD Card and requires additional steps (uboot configurations) to boot. The serial console image requires a minimum of 2GB card.