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openSUSE 12.2 for ARM Final!

November 6th, 2012 by

ARMopenSUSE Logo As was promised last week, the openSUSE ARM team has released openSUSE 12.2 for the ARM architecture! Almost all of the usual openSUSE distribution (>5000 packages) builds and runs on all the ARM hardware it has been tested on. Read on to find out more.

It is out!

Initiated at the openSUSE Conference in 2011 in Nürnberg, the openSUSE ARM team has managed to bring one of the most important Linux distributions to the ARM architecture in a little over a year. At this point, the team is confident openSUSE 12.2 can be installed and used on the following devices:

Four more devices are supported as a ‘best effort’:

Almost all of openSUSE builds and runs on these – that is about 5000 packages. If you want to go and try openSUSE on your ARM hardware, go to this page and grab your stuff. Find more details on the wiki page has plenty of information on how to join the team and help giving Geeko ARMs!

Get it

The images are available for download here.

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22 Responses to “openSUSE 12.2 for ARM Final!”

  1. activer

    What about Raspberry Pi support?

  2. Spreading into spanish forums…

    Godd work!!

  3. Etam

    If I have RC2 installed, do I have to do something special to upgrade to final version?

    “zypper up” and “zypper dup” said “nothing to do.”

  4. Will there be machines on the obs building for 12.2 ARM?

    • Bernhard M. Wiedemann

      There are already machines building for ARM (e.g. the openSUSE:Factory:ARM project is built there). Those are x86 machines with qemu-arm.

  5. mszeliga

    Will there be a release for TrimSlice ?

    • Andreas Färber

      Currently there is no image for the TrimSlice, but we have Contrib:Tegra repositories for 12.2 and Factory. Toshiba AC100 is a known working Tegra2 device (with a custom kernel), and we are working on the Toradex Colibri-T20. If we don’t have TrimSlice hardware or emulation, we can’t test and rely on you to test and tell us what’s needed!

  6. Suse should do some partnership with company to be more present on arm market.
    Some interesing soc begin to be available and used in industrial world.

  7. Žydrūnas Urbonas

    Does it support device MK802 (Allwinner A10/ 1GHz Cortex-A8 + MALI 400)?

  8. Hauke

    Will it be possible at some point to install openSUSE on Tegra3-Devices? (like, for example the ASUS Transformer Infinity)

    • +1

      Installing opensuse on the lenovo ideapad yoga 11 would be amazing.

    • Sal

      Asus Transformer TF101 port would be great since
      Suse is made for multi-tasking and it seems someone forgot the we need to multi-task wether it is for business or play. If you can do it great donations would be forthcoming. Suse was great on my P3 dell laptop and the next 4 afterwards. The cool thing is sending my configuration to you and on the next day ?I would get an update that fixed the display or something.
      Frustrating to not beable to fully utilize my transformer as all I like to do is turn it into a tablet then a computer.


    • Andreas Färber

      We have been working on getting a Tegra3 based Toradex Colibri T30 module up, without full success so far. But it’s been a few weeks that I’ve last tried. However, most ARM devices today use their custom kernel so it’s not guaranteed that one kernel works on multiple devices. So you may need a Toradex BSP kernel for Toradex modules and an ASUS kernel for your ASUS Transformer and yet another for Lenovo devices – until everything is upstream. Oh, and accelerated graphics will require extra efforts beyond the initial bring-up.

  9. mitcoes

    Why does not Linux major distros ask for PUBLIC DRIVERS – better if they are open source – for Android devices? I mean at the legal system.

    If the devices use GPL software as Android linux kernel, they MUST share their propietary drivers, at least as blobs.

    And ARM SoC based computers – phones, tablets smart TVs etc – must be able to be installed with any other GNU/Linux distro as any x86 computer is.

    • Andreas Färber

      One problem with binary blobs is that most use the softfloat ABI whereas we use hardfp (hardware floating point) for ARMv7. Another is that in many cases the versions provided by vendors are much older than ours, e.g., proprietary Nvidia Tegra2 drivers required a chroot’ed Xorg server. (In this particular case there is some upstream DRM progress by Avionic Systems though.)

  10. Philip

    There is a problem with the post and the HTML. A chunk of text after “Find more details on the…” got slurped into an tag as the href incorrectly and the “wiki page” link doesn’t work as a result.

    Where is the wiki page with info on how we can help support the BeagleBone in addition to the Beagleboard-xM?

    • Philip

      Hmmm.. Might need some HTML sanity checking and escaping in your blog site… That should have read <a> tag…

  11. great job… but i only have an prehistoric armv5 with 64mb ram and 48mb rom or sdcard slot, can i install suse arm on it?… i use The Ã…ngström …via sdcard….an success..but this distro ( suse ) will more fun…if can run on my old machine Compaq H3975 legendary…..

  12. Question to any and all,
    I am currently running a good ol’ Linux vers. 11.1 with a rather old version of Firefox which I have lazily not updated either for some time. I would like to know if there is a manufacturer of an ARM box with, at least, SUSE 12.2 installed or sells such a box on which I can build the latest version myself. My AMD (X86) box over clocked to 2.3 gig is in need of a freshening up, so help me out any and everyone by the next time I visit this site or email me at abreeves@maxinter.net