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Raspberry Pi tries on Fedora Linux

If you are lucky enough to have got one, that is
Fri Mar 09 2012, 13:11

FOR THE LUCKY FEW who have escaped supply shortages and manufacturing glitches to actually get their hands on a Raspberry Pi microcomputer there is now a recommended Linux distro to install.

Unveiled for download today, the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix is a distribution made up of software packages from the Fedora ARM project, plus a "small number" of additional packages that have been modified from the Fedora versions or which cannot be included in Fedora due to licensing issues. These include the libraries required for using the Videocore GPU on the Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation explained that the SD card image for the Remix includes a little over 640 packages, providing both text-mode and graphical interfaces for LXDE and XFCE. They have also thrown in an assortment of programming languages, applications, system tools and services for both environments.

The Linux kernel provided in the Fedora Remix image is the Raspberry Pi 3.1.9 kernel from Github, with a combined Fedora and Raspberry Pi configuration file. This configuration includes the devices in the system-on-chip, modular support for most USB devices and optional networking features including IPv6, along with kernel features expected by Fedora packages.

Programming languages include python, perl, ruby and bash, while version control is taken care of by git. To get hacking on these the distro offers vim text mode and gedit with plugins for file management, terminal, and python console in graphical mode.

There is even word processing with Abiword, spreadsheets with Gnumeric, image editing with GIMP and web browsing with Firefox.

A selection of system admin tools - both command line and graphical - allows configuring various aspects of the system including the network, date/time, users, and printers. And to keep it all safe there is support for SSH, that is, secure shell remote login.

"There are over 16,000 software packages available from the Fedora ARM repositories which can be easily installed using the Internet to customize your system to meet your needs and interests (again, using either command-line or graphical tools)," according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. µ


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