With the beta release of Fedora 13
for the ARM architecture it was time again to try Fedora on my Efika MX Smarttop
from Genesi. I have started with the latest Efika kernel from git, Fedora 13 root filesystem tarball and a faulty SD card, which I didn't know :-). So the beginning wasn't that successful - CRC errors when loading the kernel by U-Boot, random crashes during runtime, etc. And I started to think some hardware isn't working right. But using "rpm -V" and visually inspecting some text files made it clear that the SD card is faulty. After switching to a fresh card everything started to work perfectly.
The U-Boot bootloader in the Efika has a nice feature built in. It supports booting user supplied OS image when a simple rule is followed = put the kernel image on first partition (use uImage as filename) and the root filesystem on the second partition. Now press the power button and voila, Fedora 13 XFCE desktop is there (click for full-size image) :-)
Some details about the setup:
- kernel is 188.8.131.52.3-ER1-efikamx from my archive, a newer one should work too, but I've spent too much time with latest kernel and faulty SD card ...
- F13 beta root filesystem with the XFCE packages installed manually, the repository doesn't include information about package groups (like the "XFCE desktop" or "GNOME desktop" groups), so they were installed individually. To be precise the top-level packages were installed and the rest was brought in as dependencies. Full package list is here
PS: I think I will buy the Smartbook from Genesi Europe
very soon, there is even an option to get a replacement keyboard with Czech layout.
PS1: Fedora ARM is now running also on my Smartbook and some dependency issues were resolved in the Beta2 of F-13 since my first attempt so the installation process is much user-friendly now
PS2: This blog was originally posted March 3th as here