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New Arrivals – Genesi Efika MX Smarttop April 7, 2011

Posted by Paul Whalen in ARM, Koji.
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The fine folks at Genesi have sent us 10 new machines to add to the Fedora ARM build system. The new machines are the Genesi Efika MX Smarttop featuring the Freescale i.MX515 (ARM Cortex-A8 800MHz), 512MB RAM and an 8 GB internal SSD. We have decided to run Fedora from the SD card as a means of easily swapping out the root file system should we need to. The Uboot on the Genesi machines is set to boot from an SD card if one is present, so getting the machine up and running was relatively painless.

We have recently upgraded the kernel on our Pandaboard’s to allow the use of 900MB of RAM. For more information on how that was accomplished please visit Stephen Hall’s blog. You can also find links to download the kernel and boot script there as well.

As the semester comes to an end we have quite a few exciting student projects like Stephens that should start to show the fruits of their labour. Many of them are expected to further enhance the performance of our build system for Fedora ARM.

Work on Fedora 13 is coming to a close and we have been in the process of upstreaming the various patches for packages to build on ARM. This should make our push to build Fedora 14 for ARM much quicker then Fedora 13. Many thanks for all your feedback on our Beta2 release.