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A "Pandastack" used at Seneca College to build Fedora for ARM. There are eleven stacked Pandaboards in this configuration


The Pandaboard is one of the most popular ARM devices available and provides users with either a desktop environment or minimal installation (text based).

Technical Specifications

  • 1 GHz Dual core Cortex A9 Processor (OMAP 4430-4460)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • HDMI v1.3
  • 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi

For more information on the Pandaboard visit their website.

Running Fedora on a Pandaboard

This page will give you detailed instructions for running Fedora 18 Alpha on your Pandaboard. The provided image will provide both serial and the XFCE desktop.

Download the image

The first step is to download the prebuilt Fedora 18 Alpha image which includes everything you will need to boot your system and will require a minimum of 4GB for the root filesystem

Download and verify the checksum:

sha256sum --check Fedora-18-Alpha-armhfp-Images-CHECKSUM

Writing the Image

Linux Users

You can write the image to an SD card of your choosing but it does have to meet the minimum size requirements of 2GB. You can optionally use a USB device for the root file system to improve performance.

For use with SD:

 xzcat Fedora-18-Alpha-armhfp-panda-xfce.img.xz  > /dev/<path-to-SD-device>

For use with SD/USB

 xzcat Fedora-18-Alpha-armhfp-panda-xfce.img.xz > /dev/<path-to-SD-device>
 xzcat Fedora-18-Alpha-armhfp-panda-xfce.img.xz > /dev/<path-to-USB-device>

Then use fdisk to delete the boot partition from the USB attached media, and rootfs and swap partitions from the SD card.

 fdisk /dev/<path-to-SD-device>

Delete partitions two and three (d,3,d,2,w).

 fdisk /dev/<path-to-USB-device>

Delete the first parition only. (d,1,w)

Once completed run the below command to ensure the entire image is written to the card:


Windows Users

  • You will need to download Win32 Image Writer as well as a tool to extract the image such as 7-Zip.
  • Once downloaded and installed right click on the disk image and select "7-Zip->Extract files here"
  • Launch Win 32 Disk Imager and select the extracted disk image and the SD card you would like to write the files to. Click "Write". Be very careful during this step - all data on the selected drive will be lost!

Using Fedora on the Pandaboard

Connect the newly created media to your Pandaboard and power on. No further steps are required. Your images will boot to (runlevel 5) by default. To change this default behaviour and boot to (runlevel 3) run the following command as root:

ln -sf /lib/systemd/system/ /etc/systemd/system/

The default root password is "fedora". This should be changed immediately.

Release Notes

  • This test image includes the updates-testing repository enabled by default.
  • Images were composed using tools in Fedora 17 due to continuing work on Fedora 18.
  • When using the images on the Pandaboard and Trimslice the system will automatically reboot twice by default for the following:
    • repartition the root filesystem on first boot. To prevent this delete the '.rootfs-repartition' flag in '/' or by passing a kernel command line argument of 'nofsresize'.
    • The image will automatically be relabeled for SE Linux, this may take some time and will reboot when finished.

Additional Support

There are Fedora ARM users all around the globe - if you need assistance, would like to provide feedback or contribute to Fedora ARM please visit us on the IRC - we can be found in #fedora-arm on Freenode. You can also contact us on the mailing list -