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AArch64 Xfce Desktop image


Add an AArch64 Xfce Desktop image to deliverables in Fedora 31.


  • Name: Paul Whalen
  • Email:
  • Responsible WG: ARM SIG

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 31
  • Last updated: 2019-07-23
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

We currently offer Workstation, Minimal and Server images for use with AArch64 Single Board Computer's (SBC's). We would like to add a lighter weight desktop image for hardware that lacks the ability to run accelerated desktops. An initial set of supported devices:

  • Pine64
  • Raspberry Pi 3/4
  • 96boards HiKey
  • 96boards Dragonboard 410c

Benefit to Fedora

Better user experience and an additional desktop choice on AArch64 SBC's.


  • Proposal owners: The ARM SIG will make the kickstart changes needed to add the desktop images to the compose.
  • Other developers: N/A
  • Release engineering: Enable building of the AArch64 XFCE desktop image.
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

No upgrade compatibility required, this is a new image variant.

How To Test

Testing can be completed on any supported AArch64 SBC using the existing arm-image-installer. Any additional instructions will be added to the ARM installation documentation.

User Experience

Users will have increased choice in desktop offerings for AArch64 SBC's. Those looking to install a desktop on hardware that lacks an accelerated graphics driver or lower system specifications will have a useable option.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: N/A
  • Contingency deadline: N/A
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No


All documentation will be added or updated via the ARM Landing Page.

Release Notes