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Fedora 23 for AArch64

The Fedora ARM Team is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 23 for AArch64, ready to run on your next generation servers. Fedora 23 is a game-changer for the Fedora Project, and we think you're going to be very pleased with the results.

Highlights in the Fedora 23 AArch64 Release

Fedora Server

Fedora Server makes service management simple with RoleKit, a programmatic interface for quick deployment, and Cockpit, a remote web GUI. Now in Fedora Server 23, you can manage Kubernetes clusters from the Cockpit Admin Console, or launch a FreeIPA domain controller from a kickstart file. Get Fedora Server this morning and have an identity management solution in place by lunchtime.

Updated Components

As with every Fedora release, almost every component has a new version, with improvements across the board.

Fedora 23 also has important under-the-hood security improvements, with increased hardening for all compiled software and with insecure SSL3 and RC4 protocols disabled. We've also updated all of the software installed by default in Fedora Cloud Base Image and Fedora Workstation to use Python version 3.

Perhaps most importantly, Unicode 8.0 support now enables the crucial U1F32D character.

Mirror List

Supported Hardware

  • Applied Micro X-Gene (Mustang)
  • Advanced Micro Devices Opteron A1100 (aka Seattle)

Overview of Hardware Support Status

Hardware ACPI Network USB DVD Display Audio Link Notes
Advanced Micro Devices Opteron A1100 (Seattle)
Pass pass
Pass pass
Tested with 74E firmware.
Applied Micro X-Gene (Mustang)
Pass pass
Pass pass
Tested with APM Tianocore - 1.15.10.

Network Installation

A network installation is the preferred installation method for current Aarch64 hardware targets. In order to begin you will need to setup the installation server, a guide can be found below:
The above documentation references grubx86.efi, but this is the name for x86_64 EFI grub binaries. The grub binary name on AArch64 systems is grubaa64.efi.

Once configured use the Fedora 23 AArch64 installation tree below:

Installation Tree

Install with QEMU

You will need to use qemu-2.3.0-4+ for the below to work.

To use Fedora 23 on QEMU you will need to use a build of UEFI that is not hosted by Fedora for licensing reasons. For convenience a dnf|yum repository had been created

sudo curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/firmware.repo
sudo dnf install edk2.git-aarch64 libguestfs-tools-c

To install:

sudo virt-install    \
      --name Fedora_23_AArch64 --ram 2048 --arch aarch64 \
      --boot loader_ro=yes,loader_type=pflash,loader=/usr/share/edk2.git/aarch64/QEMU_EFI-pflash.raw,nvram_template=/usr/share/edk2.git/aarch64/vars-template-pflash.raw    \
      --disk size=8 --os-variant fedora22   \
*Add kickstart with (root password is 'fedora'):
      --extra-args "inst.ks="

For a full list of QEMU installation options and instructions:

Reported Bugs and Known Issues

  • When using an encrypted partition, "plymouth.enable=0" must be added to the kernel command line. Failure to do so will not allow the passphrase to be entered to unlock the encrypted partition. (BZ#1172740).
  • When performing a PXE boot on an AMD Seattle system, the grub menu is never displayed, and it drops to a grub prompt. It is recommended to use the Fedora 22 BOOTAA64.EFI on the PXE server. (BZ#1251600)
  • Auto-generated 'anaconda.cfg' file contains conflicting commands. Recommended work around is to comment out 'reqpart' command as noted in this example - . (BZ#255447)