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Announcing Oracle Linux 7 for ARM

Avi Miller
Senior Solutions Architect

Oracle Linux is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for ARM is the first public release of Oracle Linux on the ARM platform. The release is built from the same source packages as the corresponding Oracle Linux distribution for the x86 architecture, plus any required patches and modifications that are required to run on the ARM platform.

Although Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for ARM is based on Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for the x86 platform, differences between the releases for the two platforms exist in terms of packaging and kernel versions. Packages built for 64-bit ARM architecture use the aarch64 architecture code. Some packages that are available for the x86 platform may not be available for this release. Patches may have been applied to packages to successfully build for this platform, and some packages may have been bumped to a newer version.


Oracle Linux 7 update 3 is the first public release of Oracle Linux on the ARM platform and is made available as a developer release for the benefit of developers and partners. Oracle does not offer support for Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 (ARM).


Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for ARM is released as a developer preview release. For this purpose, the release is made available in two forms:

  • A disk image that can be installed onto an SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi™ 3 Model B single-board computer. This image includes the necessary firmware to boot the Raspberry Pi 3 directly into Oracle Linux 7. This image is made available for developers who may not have access to alternate ARM hardware.
  • An ISO image that can be used for a standard installation on generic 64-bit ARMv8 hardware. This ISO has been tested on ARM hardware and is engineered for use with Cavium ThunderX® and X-Gene 3 ARM Processors.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for ARM is available for download from the Oracle Technology Network and is free to download, distribute and use.


Please review the Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for ARM Release Notes for detailed instructions on installing Oracle Linux 7 onto a Raspberry Pi or other ARM-based hardware.

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Zach Thursday, January 4, 2018
    It seems to come without a gui, is that accurate?
  • Sergio Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    The GUI is there but not installed by default.

  • Peter Gray Saturday, February 10, 2018
    I tried to get GCC working on this release and failed. Is that a known problem?
  • Avi Miller Sunday, February 11, 2018
    This is not a known problem. GCC should work fine as getting stuff to compile on ARM is one of the key use cases for the developer preview.

    I recommend visiting the Oracle Linux space on the OTN Developer Community website and starting a discussion there.

  • Peter Gray Friday, March 30, 2018
    I have been playing with OL7.3 on the pi. Seems to work pretty well. 7.4 is
    out for cavium etc, but no pi yet. It says coming soon, but thats been a few weeks now. Is 7.4 on the way? Any timeframe?
  • Avi Miller Friday, March 30, 2018
    The update for the RPi3 is coming soon. We decided to delay it slightly to include GRUB2 and the UEK5.
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