So support for the Raspberry Pi in Fedora has been a long time coming and yes, it’s FINALLY here with support landing just in time for Beta!
The most asked question I’ve had for a number of years is around support of the Raspberry Pi. It’s also something I’ve been working towards for a very long time on my own time. The eagle-eye watchers would have noticed we almost got there with Fedora 24, but I got pipped at the post because I felt it wasn’t quite good enough yet. There were too many minor issues around ease of use.
Why has it taken so long?
Basically it comes down to four things:
- Decent upstream kernel/userspace hardware support without binary drivers.
- Firmware redistribution.
- The ability to be able to support it in Fedora ARM without adding vast extra workload to the small group supporting/QAing Fedora.
- Time — It’s been a pet project, but like many things, it’s relied upon getting open drivers done, and kernel support upstream. All of this has been out of our hands and takes time.
We support everything you’d expect from a device supported by Fedora. We have a proper Fedora supported upstream userspace and kernel, with all the standard Fedora features like SELinux support. It receives the usual array of updates so no need to exclude kernel updates! The kernel supports all the drivers you’d expect, like various USB WiFi dongles, etc. You can run whichever desktop you like (more on those below) or Docker/Kubernetes/Ceph/Gluster as a group of devices — albeit it slowly over a single shared USB bus!
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