The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that owners who managed to grab its USB microcomputer before supplies depleted can now download and install a recommended Linux distribution.
The Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix is a distribution from software packages of the Fedora ARM project, with a “small number” of extra packs modified from Fedora versions that Fedora could not include due to licensing problems.
“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),” according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The additional packages include libraries needed for the VideoCore GPU on the Raspberry Pi USB computer.
The organization said that the Remix SD card image contains a trifle more than 640 packages to allow for both text-mode and graphical interfaces of LXDE and XFCE.
Raspberry Pi also inserted a collection of apps, system tools and services, and programming languages for both environments.
The Fedora Remix image used the Raspberry Pi 3.1.9 Linux kernel from GitHub and a Fedora and Raspberry Pi configuration file, which includes the devices in the system-on-chip (SoC), modular support for most USB devices and optional networking features such as IPv6 and kernel features expected from Fedora.
Programming languages include Bash, Perl, Python and Ruby, while version control is by Git.
The Linux distribution offers Vim text editor and gedit (GNOME), with add-ins for file management, terminal, and Python GUI console.
AbiWord handles word processing, spreadsheet handling thru Gnumeric (GNOME), image editing with GIMP and web browsing via Firefox.
System admin tools, both command line (CL) and graphical, allow users to set up several aspects including network, date and time, users, and printers, all of which support SSH for secure shell remote login.