RasPi 3.x And RH-based Distro (Slightly OT)

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With the release of the Rasberry Pi 3.x, I think we have a platform I could jump on board with. Performance has just been lacking until now!

But I really don’t want to jump the “RH ship” – I’d rather stick with an environment I am comfortable in.

Can anybody comment here on the best way to run RHEL/Fedora/CentOS on a RasPi, or if there’s even a useful port?


Ben S

7 thoughts on - RasPi 3.x And RH-based Distro (Slightly OT)

  • join the arm-dev list ( https://lists.CentOS.org ) CentOS has a great story across the entire ARMv7 and v8 platform, with every major vendor in the ARM 64bit platform working with us. We say the rpi3 release this morning and are going to work on a bringup to match our rpi2 images. However, we will also be doing a 64bit image, based on CentOS Linux
    7/aarch64 release


  • FWIW, this is what was posted to the Fedora’s ARM list about supporting the Pi3 in Fedora by Peter Robinson:

    No, not currently, and certainly won’t be in Fedora 24 unless someone
    contributes a lot of stuff very quickly.

    Why? There’s no source (yet) for the new SoC, it’s not upstream and
    won’t be until at least 4.7 (it has to be queued for inclusion by rc4
    of the previous release to land in the next release) it supports a
    boot process that is nothing like what we currently support for
    aarch64 so it would need significant work for aarch64 in Fedora, and
    the wifi firmware (looks similar issues that people have with Apple
    Mac wifi) isn’t currently in linux-firmware so it’s not (as far as I’m
    aware) currently able to be distributed as part of Fedora.

  • +1

    I just today installed CentOS Userland on a Raspberry Pi 2B and have started using it as a firewall. It is fast and really works perfectly for this use case. I have an HDMI to VGA adapter and a PS/2
    mouse/keyboard to USB adapter to connect to my 16 port KVM switch. I use a Gb Ethernet dongle for the internal network and connect the on-board NIC to the external network.

    I have a few more tools I want to install, because the CentOS ARM image is very minimal. And not everything I would like is available on the repo, but enough to make this very workable for me.


    I hope this helps.

  • great! I’ve mostly just stuck with the ttl cable, with serial console and use the cubietruck and the rpi2 as headless devices.

    you should be vocal on the arm-dev list, we are looking at ways of doing an epel mass build as well for the altarch distro’s.

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    Right … what we have now is the 32 bit version. We have not tried to do anything with aarch64 on that device yet.


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    Well, I generated a test image (that I wasn’t able to test myself until now, as my Rpi3 just showed up today) yesterday and I posted the announce/call for testers on the arm-dev list (see https://lists.CentOS.org/pipermail/arm-dev/2016-March/001680.html)

    Machine boots fast, but wifi doesn’t work, so probably need some binary blob/firmware from broadcom (yeah, unfortunately ….) but can probably be done (I’ll have to investigate, or someone else). So long story short : feel free to join the fun on the arm-dev list and participate in helping CentOS on armhfp :-)