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Fedora Remix

Fedora Remix

Our recommended distribution for newcomers to Raspberry Pi and day-to-day use.

A little buggy, so for now we're recommending beginners use Debian Squeeze.

The Remix is a distribution comprised of software packages from the Fedora ARM project, plus a small number of additional packages that are modified from the Fedora versions or which cannot be included in Fedora due to licensing issues — in particular, the libraries for accessing the VideoCore GPU on the Raspberry Pi.


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How do I install the Remix?

The easiest way to install the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix is to grab the installer, written by Jon Chiappetta. Here are the links:

Fedora RPM: fedora-arm-installer-1.0.0-1.fc16.noarch.rpm

Windows ZIP:

Other systems: faii-1.0.0.tar.gz (Python script)

(Two notes about the current Windows release: [1] you may need to right-click and select "Run as Administrator" to access the SD card, and [2] the installer may have problems with paths that include spaces. Both of these issues will be addressed in a future version of the installer). The Windows installer works on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (but not XP).

The installer automates the process of downloading the image, decompressing it, and installing it onto an SD card.

To use it:

  1. Plug in an SD card.
  2. Click on the refresh (circle-arrow) buttons to get a list of images and current mirrors and a list of available destination devices.
  3. Select the image you wish to download (r1) — or, if you've already downloaded an image, click Browse to select the file.
  4. Select the SD card device you wish to write to (Caution! Make sure you don't write to the wrong device, and make sure the SD card does not contain important data — the selected device will be overwritten!).
  5. Click Install.

When the installer is done, you'll have a 1.6 GB image installed on the SD card.

Default login

Username: root

Password: fedoraarm

Additional notes

The SD card image for the Remix includes a little over 640 packages, providing both text-mode and graphical interfaces (LXDE/XFCE) with an assortment of programming languages, applications, system tools, and services for both environments. There are over 16,000 software packages available from the Fedora ARM repositories which can be easily installed using the Internet to customize your system to meet your needs and interests (again, using either command-line or graphical tools).

Some of the highlights of the software included in the SD card image:

  • Programming languages: python, perl, ruby, bash
  • Version control: git
  • System administration tools (command line and/or graphical) for configuring various aspects of the system including the network, date/time, users, and printers
  • Command-line and graphical tools for installing/removing/updating software
  • ssh (secure remote login) and printer services
  • Graphical applications: word processing (AbiWord), spreadsheets (Gnumeric), image editing (GIMP), and web browsing (Firefox)
  • Editors for programming: vim (text mode) and gedit with plugins for file management, terminal, and python console (graphical mode)

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