Fedora 24 Alpha for AArch64
The Fedora ARM Team is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 24 Alpha for AArch64, ready to run on your next generation servers. Fedora 24 Alpha 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 24 Alpha AArch64 Release
FreeIPA 4.3 (Domain Controller role) is included in Fedora 24. This version helps streamline installation of replicas by adding a replica promotion method for new installs. A new topology plugin has also been added that automatically manages new replication segment creation. An effective replica topology visualization tool is also available in the webUI.
More packages have been removed from the default Server edition to make the footprint of the default installation smaller.
As with every Fedora release, almost every component has a new version, with improvements across the board.
Under the hood, glibc has moved to 2.23. The update includes better performance, many bugfixes and improvements to POSIX compliance, and additional locales. The new library is backwards compatible with the version of glibc that was shipped in Fedora 23, and includes a number of security and bug fixes.
We've also updated the system compiler to GCC 6 and rebuilt all packages with that, providing greater code optimization and catching programming errors which had slipped past previous compilers.
- Applied Micro X-Gene (Mustang)
- Hardware virtualization with QEMU
Overview of Hardware Support Status
|Hardware virtualization with QEMU||Tested with edk2.git-aarch64-0-20160322.b1624.g36e8e69.noarch.|
|Applied Micro X-Gene (Mustang)||Tested with APM Tianocore - 1.15.10.|
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:
Once configured use the Fedora 24 Alpha for AArch64 installation tree below:
Install with QEMU
sudo curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/firmware.repo https://www.kraxel.org/repos/firmware.repo sudo dnf install edk2.git-aarch64 libguestfs-tools-c
sudo virt-install \ --name Fedora_24_Alpha_AArch64 --ram 4096 --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 \ --location https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora-secondary/releases/test/24_Alpha/Server/aarch64/os/ *Add kickstart with (root password is 'fedora'): --extra-args "inst.ks=https://pwhalen.fedorapeople.org/kickstarts/Fedora-24-Alpha-Minimal-AArch64.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).
- After installation on the Mustang, you must update the boot entry in UEFI to boot from 'grubaa64.efi' instead of the default 'shim.efi'. Failure to do so will result in an error when unpacking the initrd (BZ#1309147).
TianoCore 1.1.0 UEFI 2.4.0 Oct 20 2015 14:49:32 CPU: APM ARM 64-bit Potenza Rev A3 2400MHz PCP 2400MHz 32 KB ICACHE, 32 KB DCACHE SOC 2000MHz IOBAXI 400MHz AXI 250MHz AHB 200MHz GFC 125MHz Board: X-Gene Mustang Board Slimpro FW: Ver: 2.4 (build 01.15.22.00 2015/10/20) PMD: 950 mV SOC: 950 mV The default boot selection will start in 3 seconds  Fedora  pxe  Shell  Boot Manager  Reboot  Shutdown Start: 4  Add Boot Device Entry  Update Boot Device Entry  Remove Boot Device Entry  Set Boot Timeout  Return to main menu Choice: 2  Fedora  pxe  Return to Main Menu Update entry: 1 File path of the EFI Application or the kernel: \EFI\fedora\grubaa64.efi Is your application is an OS loader? [y/n] y Arguments to pass to the EFI Application: Description for this new Entry: Fedora  Add Boot Device Entry  Update Boot Device Entry  Remove Boot Device Entry  Set Boot Timeout  Return to main menu Choice: 5  Fedora  pxe  Shell  Boot Manager  Reboot  Shutdown Start: