Fedora have announced the release of their new Pidora 18 operating system based on their popular Fedora 18 Linux operating system, giving Raspberry Pi users another choice when it comes to operating systems. This new “remix” OS has been optimised for the Pi’s ARMv6 architecture and includes packages from the Fedora 18 package set. The reason it has been termed a “remix” by those at Fedora is because “proprietary software provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the SOC vendor Broadcom cannot be included directly in Fedora”. Hence why the optimisation was needed.
Here are some features Fedora think we’ll be interested in:
- Almost all the Fedora 18 package set available via yum (thousands of packages were built from the official Fedora repository and made available online)
- Compiled specifically to take advantage of the hardware already built into the Raspberry Pi
- Graphical first-boot configuration (with additional modules specifically made for Raspberry Pi)
- Compact initial image size (for fast downloads) and auto-resize ( for maximum storage afterwards)
- C, Python and Perl programming languages available and included in the SD card image
- Initial release of a headless mode for those lacking a monitor or display
- IP address information can be read over the speakers and flashed with the LED light.
- Includes libraries capable of supporting external hardware such as motors and robotics (via GPIO, 12C, SPI)
All of this adds to the growing number of tools available for the Pi and is perfectly placed to become the Linux OS of choice for the Pi.
For downloads, tutorials and videos then visit http://pidora.ca/
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