CentOS 7 Linux Officially Released for Raspberry Pi 2, Banana Pi, and CubieTruck

CentOS 7 is now available for ARM devices Karanbir Singh from the CentOS team had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the CentOS 7 Linux operating system for the ARM hardware architecture.

At the moment of writing this article, the CentOS developers didn’t write any release notes on their website about what new features and optimizations have been implemented in the ARM port of the latest CentOS 7 Linux operating system, except for the very brief announcement posted on their Twitter account.

We were only giving access to the download links, and based on the name of the binary images we can tell you that CentOS 7 Linux will now work on various AMv7 devices, but pre-built binary images are available only for the popular Raspberry Pi 2, Banana Pi, and CubieTruck single-board computers (SBCs).

What’s new in CentOS 7 build 1511

Last week, we reported new on the CentOS 7 build 1511 rolling release, which brought a assorted new features, software updates and enhancements, such as Kerberos HTTP proxy for identity management, ECC support for TLS connections in OpenJDK 7, networking stack improvements, as well as updates to the Atomic packages.

Additionally, the new CentOS 7 build included support for TLS 1.1, TLS 1.2 and EC ciphers in various pre-installed packages, full support for the virt-v2v command-line tool, nanosecond timestamps support in tcpdump, the GNOME 3.14 and KDE 4.14 desktop environments, X.Org Server 1.17 display server, LibreOffice 4.3.7 office suite, and OpenLDAP 2.4.40 open source LDAP implementation.

This being said, we believe that the new CentOS 7 Linux for ARM devices port includes most of the aforementioned features. You can download CentOS 7 for Raspberry Pi 2, Banana Pi, and CubieTruck right now via our website or the project’s FTP servers, from where you can also get the 64-bit Live GNOME, Live KDE, Net Install, and Minimal ISOs.

image download http://mirror.centos.org/altarch/7/isos/armhfp/

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There are a lot of Banana Pi models.

Anyone know what models this can be used with?

Since it reads “Banana Pi, and CubieTruck single-board computers (SBCs)” it’s clear that the A20 based Banana Pi (the original) is meant. So it will run on Banana Pi, M1, M1+, Pro, Lamobo R1, Foxconn Super Pi or simply any other A20 based device after exchanging script.bin: http://linux-sunxi.org/Category:A20_Boards

The incompatible M2 and M3 can’t be used out of the box. If you know what you’re doing it’s of course pretty easy to combine the CentOS rootfs with bootloader/initrd/kernel as used with M2/M3.

Given how much stuff isn’t working according to the real source https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch/Arm32 one must be a bit moronic to try this out.