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Will CentOS for RPi run on the Pi Zero W?

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:55 am
by tawalker
I need to "brush up" on administering a CentOS system. I have used Red Hat, and have experimented with CentOS, in the past, but frankly I feel a bit out of practice.

I could set up a CentOS VM inside VirtualBox on our Mac, but I noticed there's an ARM version of CentOS optimised for the RPi. I'm weighing up buying a new Pi 3 B+ to set up as a CentOS system for practice, but frankly money's pretty tight at present, so I wondered whether the Pi Zero W I already own, could run CentOS well enough for my educational purposes?

Many thanks :)

Re: Will CentOS for RPi run on the Pi Zero W?

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:41 am
by B.Goode
I wondered whether the Pi Zero W I already own, could run CentOS well enough for my educational purposes?

I would normally let this pass me by without comment, but replying out of a sense of solidarity with another Asus EeePC owner...


You are obviously not a beginner with the RPi or with multiple Linux implementations. So apologies if this seems too obvious:

1. Is there a release of CentOS that is hardware compatible with an RPiZero?

2. Perhaps you are best placed to judge whether performance is adequate for your needs, as a cost tradeoff.

3. Other than the cost of a microSD card, some download charges (if applicable) and a few minutes of your time, it is free to test this. Why not just try. Then you will know the answer from your own hard experience before upgrading to an RPi3 if necessary.

Re: Will CentOS for RPi run on the Pi Zero W?

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:47 am
by fruitoftheloom
tawalker wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:55 am
I need to "brush up" on administering a CentOS system. I have used Red Hat, and have experimented with CentOS, in the past, but frankly I feel a bit out of practice.

I could set up a CentOS VM inside VirtualBox on our Mac, but I noticed there's an ARM version of CentOS optimised for the RPi. I'm weighing up buying a new Pi 3 B+ to set up as a CentOS system for practice, but frankly money's pretty tight at present, so I wondered whether the Pi Zero W I already own, could run CentOS well enough for my educational purposes?

Many thanks :)

The Raspberry Pi 1 series & Zero are ARMv6..

...CentOS is compiled for ARMv7, so definitely Raspberry Pi 2B & 3B


Have you asked the developers if the latest release supports 3B+ ?

https://centos.org/forums/index.php

Re: Will CentOS for RPi run on the Pi Zero W?

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:55 pm
by tawalker
Many thanks for your feedback :)

@B.Goode - it's actually a while since my old Eee 701SD ran (Arch stopped supporting its processor architecture a couple of years ago), and I'm now on an Asus Chromebook Flip (ARM - I like going "off-road" with these things...) :lol:

The CentOS site doesn't seem to go into much detail (as far as I have found) about exactly which RPi models it supports, so I'm very grateful to you both for passing on what you know. It looks from posts on the CentOS forum, that the 32-bit RPi build runs on the 3 B+, and some hardy souls have got the 64-bit ARM CentOS running, but I get the idea it's a bit "bleeding edge" at the moment.

Think I'll stick with VirtualBox for the moment, and maybe try this a bit later... thanks again!