The Pandaboard is one of the most popular ARM devices available and provides users with either desktop environment or minimal installation (text based).
- 1 GHz Dual core Cortex A9 Processor (OMAP 4430)
- 1 GB low power DDR2 RAM
- HDMI 1080P capable
For more information on the Pandaboard visit their website.
Running Fedora on a Pandaboard
This page will give you detailed instructions for running Fedora 17 GA on your Pandaboard. There are two images to choose from on the Pandaboard - with the XFCE desktop, the other providing a serial console (text based).
Download the image
The first step is to download the Fedora 17 image. The prebuilt images include kernels and can be written directly to SD Card, USB, or SATA drive and booted without any additional steps or configuration. The serial console image requires a minimum of 2GB and the XFCE desktop requires a minimum of 4 GB.
Writing the Image
You can write the image to media of your choosing but it does have to meet the minimum size requirements noted above (2GB for the serial image, 4GB for the XFCE Desktop). Connect the media to your computer and make note of the drive. To write the image to your media run the following command, changing the drive to the location of your media.
For the Serial Image:
xzcat Fedora-17-armhfp-panda-mmcblk0.img.xz > /dev/<location-of-your-media>
For the XFCE Desktop:
xzcat Fedora-17-armhfp-panda-xfce-mmcblk0.img.xz > /dev/<location-of-your-media>
Once completed run the below command to ensure the entire image is written to the card:
- You will need to download Win32 Image Writer as well as a tool to extract the image such as 7-Zip.
- Once downloaded and installed right click on the disk image and select "7-Zip->Extract files here"
- Launch Win 32 Disk Imager and select the extracted disk image and the device you would like to write the files to. Click "Write". Be very careful during this step - all data on the selected drive will be lost!
Using Fedora on the Pandaboard
Connect the newly created media to your Pandaboard and power on. No further steps are required and your system should boot to a text based log in prompt (serial image) or to a graphical log in (XFCE Desktop image).
There are Fedora ARM users all around the globe - if you need assistance, would like to provide feedback or contribute to Fedora ARM please visit us on the IRC - we can be found in #fedora-arm on Freenode. You can also contact us on the mailing list - firstname.lastname@example.org