ARM chips are the most widely-produced processor family in the world; they have historically been used in cell phones and embedded applications, and are increasingly used in tablet devices and low-power-consumption servers. The Fedora-ARM project is an initiative to bring Fedora to this processor family.
But what is new for Fedora 19 for ARM?
The Fedora ARM Project takes great pride in being able to show off features for all types of use cases, including traditional desktop users, systems administration, development, and many more. But a few new features are guaranteed to be seen by nearly anyone installing Fedora and are improvements that deserve to be called out on their own. Fedora ARM has all the features of the primary architectures along with a few of our own.
The Fedora 19 kernel is now unified. This greatly reduces the number of kernels we need to build, since they are no longer board dependent. to enable this the kernel has adopted Device Tree to define the platform. As a result of this work supporting new devices is much simpler and may already work on boards we do not have direct access to.Â If you get Fedora 19 for ARM running on a new system we would love to hear about it.
X and graphical desktop support
We have added support for running X on the Trimslice in addition to OMAP and Versatile Express based devices. Fedora 19 for ARM, comes with images for Xfce, LXDE, Sugar on a Stick, KDE and Mate. Thanks to initial-setup you create your user or set the root password on first boot.
Improved release process
Due to infrastructure changes we have been able to keep closer parity with keeping the builds in parity with those on the primary arches, resulting in us following the milestone processes and release Fedora 19 for ARM on the same day as the Primary architecture release. This is a First for us.
Software floating point removal
As of Fedora 19 we no longer build armv5tel rpms. This means that support for guruplugs and sheevaplugs stops with Fedora 18.
RaspberryPi is being supported by an optimised build called pidora. Learn more about it here.
Download Fedora 19 for ARM, here
If you would like to get involved with Fedora ARM,Â click on this link