Wednesday, February 23, 2022

[fedora-arm] Re: Help getting Fedora working on my rpi3

On Wed, 23 Feb 2022 at 11:26, Peter Robinson <> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 23, 2022 at 9:40 AM Eric Curtin <> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, 23 Feb 2022 at 09:02, Peter Robinson <> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I'm trying to get Fedora working on my Raspberry Pi 3b+, and have some questions/issues I don't see addressed in the docs. First off, for this hardware, should I be using the aarch64 or armhfp images? I've been trying with aarch64 and that boots, but just wanted to doublecheck. Second, is it possible to get Gnome running? The "hardware status" wiki page says XFce is recommended, but it's not clear whether that means Gnome won't work, or if it's just not recommended. I tried the Workstation image and the firstboot wizard runs successfully, but then when attempting to login, gnome-shell crashes after chugging for a couple minutes and dumps me back at the gdm login screen. I tried adding 'cma=192M' to kernel args as suggested on the wiki, but no change.
> > >
> > > You should use aarch64, we're retiring armhfp post F-36. The problem
> > > with GNOME is that you need to allocate 256Mb of RAM for the GPU for
> > > it to work and then remaining ~768Mb doesn't give you a lot of space
> > > to run an OS and app. Given those constraints it works to some
> > > definition of "work".
> > >
> > > > If the answer turns out to be the Gnome isn't going to work and I have to go with Xfce, I don't see an Xfce spin built for aarch64, only armhfp, is that correct? Is that what I should be using?
> > >
> > > There is XFCE for aarch64.
> >
> > One option is to try and use the server edition which I believe
> > installs no Desktop Environment,:
> >
> >
> > And install via:
> >
> > sudo dnf groupinstall "Xfce Desktop"
> >
> > Gnome 3 does work reasonably well on rpi4, but as of now I'm not sure
> > that's on Fedora's officially supported list.
> If by reasonably well you mean that it runs a completely unaccellated
> desktop rendered primarily on the CPU sure. The reason RPi4 is still
> not officially supported on Fedora is because the accelerated graphics
> isn't upstream, I've picked this up and are attempting to get the bits
> upstream but time will tell there.

I am grateful to hear this.

> Basically all RPi devices are unobtainable ATM and I don't think here
> is "go and buy more HW because the experience is less bad" is the
> right response to this thread TBH.

I apologize. I was trying to share that this has not been my
experience on rpi4 "gnome-shell crashes after chugging for a couple
minutes and dumps me back at the gdm login screen", but the wrong
response I understand.
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