Today Fedora and the Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) are announcing the release of Pidora 18 (pidora.ca), an optimized Fedora remix for the Raspberry Pi. It's based on a brand new build of Fedora for the ARMv6 architecture with greater speed and includes packages from the Fedora 18 package set. It's also the launch of the Pidora name.

Features

  • Almost all of the Fedora 18 package set available via yum (thousands of packages were built from the official Fedora repository and made available online)

  • Compiled specifically to take advantage of the hardware already built into the Raspberry Pi

  • Graphical first-boot configuration (with additional modules specifically made for the Raspberry Pi)

  • Compact initial image size (for fast downloads) and auto-resize (for maximum storage afterwards)

  • Auto-swap creation available to allow for larger memory usage

  • C, Python, & Perl programming languages available & included in the SD card image

  • Initial release of headless mode can be used with setups lacking a monitor or display

  • IP address information can be read over the speakers and flashed with the LED light

  • For graphical operation, Gedit text editor can be used with plugins (python console, file manager, syntax highlighting) to serve as a mini-graphical IDE

  • For console operation, easy-to-use text editors are included (nled, nano, vi) plus Midnight Commander for file management

  • Includes libraries capable of supporting external hardware such as motors and robotics (via GPIO, I2C, SPI)

For further documentation, downloads, faq's, read-me's, how-to's, tutorials, or videos, visit: http://pidora.ca/