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  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 B Oracle Linux 7.4 ARM64 with UEK5 preview image available for download

By: Wim Coekaerts | SVP

A few weeks ago we released an Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 for ARM64 preview update on OTN. This updated ISO installs on Ampere X-Gene 3 (emag) and Cavium ThunderX / ThunderX2 -based systems (and it's also known to work on Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based servers).

Today we added the RPI3 (Raspberry Pi 3 Model B) disk image as well. The previous RPI3 image was still using Oracle Linux 7.3 as a base along with a 4.9 Linux kernel. The newly released image makes it current. It is the same Oracle Linux 7.4 package set as we released on the ISO and it uses the same UEK5 preview kernel (based on 4.14.30 right now).

The current image uses uboot and boots the kernel directly. We will do another update in the near future where we switch to uboot+efi and grub2, so that updating kernels will work the same way as we can do on the regular ARM server installs (where we boot with EFI -> grub2).

A few things to point out:

- OL7/ARM64 is a 64-bit only build. That makes binaries pretty large and the RPI3 only has 1GB of RAM so it's a bit of a stretch.

- X/gnome-shell doesn't work in this release, this is a known issue, when we move to 7.5 this will be resolved but our focus is mostly server and per the above, running a heavy GUI stack is hard on a 1GB system.

- We do not yet support the latest RPI3 Model B+.  Only the RPI3 Model B. We don't have a device tree/dtb file yet for the RPI3 Model B+.

Since it has all the same packages as the server one, you can run docker on the RPI3:

# cat /etc/oracle-release 
Oracle Linux Server release 7.4

# uname -a
Linux rpi3 4.14.30-1.el7uek.aarch64 #1 SMP Mon Mar 26 23:11:30 PDT 2018 aarch64 aarch64 aarch64 GNU/Linux

# yum install docker-engine

# systemctl enable docker

# systemctl start docker

# docker pull oraclelinux:7-slim

And there you go a small Oracle Linux 7 for ARM image right on your rpi - directly from docker hub.

# docker pull oraclelinux:7-slim
7-slim: Pulling from library/oraclelinux
eefac02db809: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:fc684f5bbd1e46cfa28f56a0340026bca640d6188ee79ef36ab2d58d41636131
Status: Downloaded newer image for oraclelinux:7-slim

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