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09 March 2012, 09:55

Fedora remix for the Raspberry PI released

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Fedora remix logo The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the release of the Fedora remix designed for its low-cost Linux computer. This version of Fedora is the recommended operating system for the Raspberry Pi, according to the foundation.

This modified version of Fedora 14 is based on packages from the Fedora ARM project but includes additional packages that can not be included in official versions of Fedora because of their proprietary nature. The VideoCore graphics processor on the Raspberry Pi in particular needs drivers that do not comply with Fedora's licensing guidelines.

The Fedora remix for the Raspberry Pi is available as an SD card image and comes with both the LXDE and Xfce desktops as well as an assortment of system tools and programming languages. Over 16,000 packages are available to install from the Fedora ARM repositories. The remix can be downloaded from the Raspberry Pi web site.

While the current version of the remix is based on Fedora 14, the foundation hopes to release a version based on Fedora 17 at the same time as the desktop version is launched. Furthermore, the Fedora ARM group is working to gain primary architecture status within Fedora by the time Fedora 18 launches, this would mean that ARM packages would be built with the same priority and on the same schedule as the PC versions. More information on the Raspberry Pi Fedora remix can be found on a wiki maintained by the Canadian Seneca College which worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the development of the remix.

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