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Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 9:03 pm
by Djelibeybi
Hey folks,

Oracle recently released our latest Arm port of Oracle Linux which now supports both the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, so we thought we should come here and let all of you know!

The image is available for download here: https://www.oracle.com/linux/downloads/ ... loads.html

Installation instructions are here: https://docs.oracle.com/en/operating-sy ... ll-pi.html

Oracle Linux itself is free to download, distribute and use on both x86_64 and Arm architectures with all errata and updates freely available on yum.oracle.com too.

This is the OS that's powering our Raspberry Pi Supercomputer too: viewtopic.php?t=252370 -- and the folks who built that are currently building the Raspberry Pi 4 version (which yes, needs a lot of cooling).

I'm one of the Oracle Linux PMs (and owner of more Raspberry Pi's than I care to admit), so feel free to ask any questions.

Re: Oracle Linux 7 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 6:37 am
by rpdom
Thank you for the interesting news. I may give it a try later.

I like your username. I suspect we may have some interests in common :)

Re: Oracle Linux 7 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 7:13 am
by Djelibeybi
Thanks. If you have any questions or issues, just let me know. We should be releasing Oracle Linux 8 Update 2 soon too and I'll be sure to let everyone know when that happens.

And my username suits anyone who likes worlds that sit on the backs of four elephants who stand on the shell of the Great A'tuin.

Re: Oracle Linux 7 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 8:33 am
by rpdom
Djelibeybi wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 7:13 am
Thanks. If you have any questions or issues, just let me know. We should be releasing Oracle Linux 8 Update 2 soon too and I'll be sure to let everyone know when that happens.

And my username suits anyone who likes worlds that sit on the backs of four elephants who stand on the shell of the Great A'tuin.
I have no idea what you mean (he says, looking at his groaning bookshelves, various pictures and other artefacts (some signed), oh, and the wife who I met via a Discworld related event. :D

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 8:12 pm
by Djelibeybi
Hey folks,

Just a heads-up that we've released Oracle Linux 8 Update 2 for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4: https://www.oracle.com/linux/downloads/ ... loads.html

Enjoy!

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 3:22 pm
by procount
Looks like this uses UBoot and possibly UEFI.
Is it modifiable such that it can be relocated to other partitions? (i.e. is it sufficient to strip out UBoot and boot the kernel using the standard Raspberry pi bootloader, or does it need something more?)

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 5:10 pm
by Djelibeybi
procount wrote: Is it modifiable such that it can be relocated to other partitions? (i.e. is it sufficient to strip out UBoot and boot the kernel using the standard Raspberry pi bootloader, or does it need something more?)
Good question. I can (and will) ask our kernel devs, but in the meantime, I guess you could just try it and see if it works. :)

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:19 pm
by Djelibeybi
procount wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:22 pm
Is it modifiable such that it can be relocated to other partitions? (i.e. is it sufficient to strip out UBoot and boot the kernel using the standard Raspberry pi bootloader, or does it need something more?)
From our boot engineer: "It should work but have not tried it . One needs to update config.txt and cmdline.txt under /boot/efi to point to the kernel, initramfs and device tree image (inorder to bypass the uboot). copy those imgaes under /boot/efi/. I would suggest to have a backup of original config.txt to restore the system back."

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 12:02 pm
by geev03
Djelibeybi wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 9:03 pm
Hey folks,

Oracle recently released our latest Arm port of Oracle Linux which now supports both the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, so we thought we should come here and let all of you know!

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I'm one of the Oracle Linux PMs (and owner of more Raspberry Pi's than I care to admit), so feel free to ask any questions.
Thank you for the links.

Got this much using the following.

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yum groupinstall "Server with GUI"
There is a problem with wifi - ( no wifi adapter found , how can one enable the wifi adapter on RPi4 in Oracle linux?) .
Also, it will be nice to know if the screen resolution can be increased to full HD / UHD .

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 6:51 pm
by Djelibeybi
geev03 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 12:02 pm
There is a problem with wifi - ( no wifi adapter found , how can one enable the wifi adapter on RPi4 in Oracle linux?) .
Also, it will be nice to know if the screen resolution can be increased to full HD / UHD .
To be honest, I'm guessing the answer is going to be "You can't" to both of these questions: Oracle Linux is a server-oriented distribution so getting things like wifi and GUIs to work isn't a focus for us. Our Raspberry Pi builds is based off our work porting Oracle Linux to the new Ampere Altra and Cavium ThunderX2 and ThunderX3 Arm platforms, which are both cloud/server class.

However, I'd ask the team and see what they say, just in case.

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 9:56 am
by geev03
Djelibeybi wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 6:51 pm
geev03 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 12:02 pm
There is a problem with wifi - ( no wifi adapter found , how can one enable the wifi adapter on RPi4 in Oracle linux?) .
...
..... Our Raspberry Pi builds is based off our work porting Oracle Linux to the new Ampere Altra and Cavium ThunderX2 and ThunderX3 Arm platforms, which are both cloud/server class.

However, I'd ask the team and see what they say, just in case.
Thank you for the quick response.
It wasn't difficult to get full HD resolution( please see the attached screen grab) by making changes to config.txt.

Enabling wifi may be useful to those who would like to explore the system for use other than purely as a server.
Is the Oracle Linux 8.2 (Arm64) , readily available as a docker image (for use ,like others like Debian, Ubuntu, Alpine etc ) on rPi4 Raspbian?

Re: Oracle Linux 7 and 8 now available for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+ and Raspberry Pi 4

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:09 am
by Djelibeybi
Yes, there is an official Oracle Linux image available for both x86_64 and Arm: https://hub.docker.com/_/oraclelinux

And thanks for the config.txt info for full HD.