Following in the footsteps of Fedora 17’s release three weeks ago, the Red Hat sponsored Linux Distribution announced immediate availability Tuesday of Fedora 17 GA release for ARM based hardware, joining PPC which was announced late last week, both of which make up the “secondary architecture of Fedora.
Fedora 17 is available as a pre-built ARM images for Trimslice, Beagleboard xM, Pandaboard, Kirkwood Plugs, Highbank and iMX-based systems as well as a separate image for the Versatile Express Platform which users can emulate with QEMU.
“We invite you to download the Fedora 17 GA release and provide your valuable input to the Fedora ARM team. Please join us on the IRC in #fedora-arm on Freenode or send feedback and comments to the ARM mailing list,” Paul Whalen of Red Hat said when announcing it on the mailing list.
All are available as two separate images. The first includes the root filesystem without a kernel or desktop environment, with the second including the full XFCE desktop environment installed and ready for the user to install their own custom kernel.
The XFCE version is available in two types, dependent on what ARM hardware you’re using. Arm to Armv5tel are covered on one version, and Armhfp to Armv7hl on the other version.
It is worth noting however, that a pre-built image for Raspberry Pi still remains unsupported by the release of the latest ARM images, despite being initially being offered by the non-profit Foundation as its recommended distro in the beginning.
Also released late last week were the Fedora 17 images for those with Power and Power PC processors, which along with the ARM versions contain the majority of the packages included in the primary x86 and x64 architecture releases.