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IoT Simplified Installer

Summary

Offer Fedora IoT users a new method to create and deploy customized Fedora IoT disk images using a new installer called Simplified Installer.

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Current status

Detailed Description

The Fedora IoT Simplified Installer will use coreos-installer to write an OStree raw image straight to a disk specified in a kernel argument, without the need for a kickstart or user interaction. This type of installation is ideal for devices connected at the edge where connectivity can be slow or intermittent. It offers the ability to configure the system via osbuild itself, FDO and Ignition.

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Benefit to Fedora

The addition of the Fedora IoT Simplified Installer will benefit IoT users by allowing them to create customized disk images for use on their edge devices. This feature is already available downstream, adding it to Fedora will once again bring Fedora back to the true upstream of RHEL for edge and allows testing and adoption of new functionality like FIDO Device Onboarding.

Scope

  • Proposal owners:
    • Test building Fedora IoT Simplified Installer with osbuild-composer
    • Update Fedora IoT documentation with usage instructions.
  • Other developers:
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
  • Alignment with Objectives:

Upgrade/compatibility impact

  • Not applicable to this change.

How To Test

Testable by installing osbuild-composer in Fedora 38 and using the command line tool or the Cockpit web interface to create a Fedora IoT Simplified Installer iso to deploy a UEFI enabled edge device.


User Experience

This change will greatly enhance the Fedora IoT user experience by allowing users to utilize osbuild-composer and blueprints to create customized Fedora IoT deployments and leverage new features like FIDO Device Onboarding for secure zero touch device onboarding of edge devices as well as Ignition to configure the device once it starts.

Dependencies

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency deadline: Beta
  • Blocks release? No.
  • Blocks product? No.

Documentation

Release Notes