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Fedora 25 Beta Linux Distro Now Available For Raspberry Pi (betanews.com) 52

Slashdot reader BrianFagioli writes: Fedora 25 Beta Workstation is now available for both the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. In addition to the Workstation image, Fedora 25 Beta Server is available too. Owners of ARMv6-powered Pi models, such as the Pi Zero, are out of luck, as the operating system will not be made available for them.
Peter Robinson (from the Fedora release engineering team) writes, "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 kernel supports all the drivers you'd expect, like various USB WiFi dongles, etc. You can run whichever desktop you like or Docker/Kubernetes/Ceph/Gluster as a group of devices -- albeit it slowly over a single shared USB bus!"
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Fedora 25 Beta Linux Distro Now Available For Raspberry Pi

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    "The most asked question IÃ(TM)ve had for a number of years is around support of the Raspberry Pi. ItÃ(TM)s also something IÃ(TM)ve been working towards for a very long time on my own time... The kernel supports all the drivers youÃ(TM)d expect,

    Good to see that the Slashdot web coders are still too incompetent to handle Unicode yet.

    • Wouldn't be so bad if the editors bothered to proofread & just replaced them with plain ol' apostrophes.

      • by DrXym ( 126579 )
        Shouldn't need to replace anything, just not mangle it in the first place. Assume that all text is potentially UTF-8 and life becomes a lot easier. In practice it hardly makes any difference to how code is treated providing you don't truncate text in the middle of a code point or make bad assumptions such as byte length == number of displayable characters. If it's getting mangled it is probably because a script or database is changing the character encoding somewhere along the line.
        • It's been a known bug for a long time. They should be aware of it.

        • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

          Shouldn't need to replace anything, just not mangle it in the first place. Assume that all text is potentially UTF-8 and life becomes a lot easier. In practice it hardly makes any difference to how code is treated providing you don't truncate text in the middle of a code point or make bad assumptions such as byte length == number of displayable characters. If it's getting mangled it is probably because a script or database is changing the character encoding somewhere along the line.

          Slashdot already supports

          • by Desler ( 1608317 )

            90% of the world's websites can handle UTF-8 just fine without the silly bugs of Slashcode. It clearly can't be that hard to do it correctly.

  • It's 2016. Might as well accept that 7 bits isn't enough for everybody and add utf 8 support.
  • It's not stated in the summary or article.

    • by Desler ( 1608317 ) on Sunday October 23, 2016 @10:01PM (#53136845)

      The focus for Fedora 25 with the limited time and resources available, was to provide a polished experience with a single disk image for both the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. At the time the work started it wasn't clear whether the aarch64 kernel support would land upstream in time. The intention is to officially support the Raspberry Pi 3 as an aarch64 device in Fedora 26. There has been significant enabling work in Fedora 25 but there is still quite a bit more work to do to finish the aarch64 support at time of writing.

      https://fedoraproject.org/wiki... [fedoraproject.org]

  • I love the Pi. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by HalAtWork ( 926717 ) on Sunday October 23, 2016 @10:21PM (#53136891)

    What a great piece of kit. Shows how if you make something useful, documented, inexpensive, widely available, and open (yes to a point) -- build it and they will come. Hobbyists and professionals come together.

    • by adolf ( 21054 )

      Pi is cheap. It's not documented well at all (because Broadcom), and it's far less widely available than commodity PCs, tablets, and phones (which I can buy cash-and-carry at Walmart and, sometimes, even Aldi).

      Hobbyists like it because it is cheap, and it has the GPIO lines from the SoC built-out on a header.

      End-users like it because it is cheap, speaks HDMI, and runs Kodi and Retropie.

      But it's not fast. It's definitely built down to a price. And open? No. Not even a little bit, unless you count the f

  • Ob (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Monday October 24, 2016 @03:34AM (#53137475) Homepage Journal

    Does it have shitstemd? I'll probably give it a miss.

  • I have been running Ubuntu Mate on both my Desktops and My Pi3 for a good while now. It's nice to have the same desktop and look and feel.

    The Pi is used in a digital modem/radio communications system, and replaces a desktop or laptop computer, making the entire radio/computer fit in one small box.

    But I see no reason to switch to the Fedora distro at the moment. The only disadvantage of the Pi is it's a little slow during the make process.

  • I'm running Void Linux (which is rolling release like Arch) on my Pis, very happily, with runit, which follows the UNIX philosophy of doing one thing and doing it well :D. Runsvdir, the service manager, is basically a clone of daemontools, where each service has its own supervisor that waits on the child to die, and automatically restarts it if necessarily. It's also one of the fastest booting binary systems. And there's also Alpine (which is heavily focused on security) and Raspbian. I'm not sure what Fedo

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