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David Demelier
@markand
hello
I'm interested in running fedberry on my raspberry, however I would like to customize the barebone kickstart before burning a SD card
but I can't find many documentation on how to create a USB disk file using your kickstart files
Bill Peck
@p3ck
You can use virt-customize on the image to install packages..
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Hi @markand. I use appliance-creator to create all of our images. If you use our kickstarts, the created image will boot directly from usb (if you have a RPi3 or 3+ that is).
You will also have to update fedberry-pkgs.ks with the latest kernel release to make it all work.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
I haven't done any image creation for a while, so I'm not sure if anything there are any further adjustments needed for the kickstart files. I find when it comes to kickstarts, things seem to inevitably break as soon as you turn your back ;-)
If you have any questions, just ask and I'll answer when I can.
RiaanPretoriusSA
@RiaanPretoriusSA
Hi Guys, general question how can install mono 5.8 on fedberry? i saw it is possible to use the mono repo's, but not sure if it will run on fedberry?
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Hi @RiaanPretoriusSA. Seems Fedora are only providing mono-4.8 in their repos at the moment, so that is what you will get with Fedberry.
At present, it looks like they are having issues building the 5.x releases https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1436896
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
For those who are interested, I have recently patched our chromium build to use mmal acceleration (where possible). My initial testing shows quite an improvement when watching videos on youtube. If you want to test it out, you will need enable the testing repository and update.
You will also need to ensure you add the h264ify extension to chromium.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
For those interested, I have pushed up some Fedberry 28 'snapshot' releases (fedberry-28.0.20180725). There is no LXQt release as Fedora seems to have little interest in supporting it at present (it has not been updated since Fedora 26).
Not much has changed since the 27.1 release. Mainly the updated chromium with mmal acceleration is included in the images. It is still based on the stable long term 4.14.y kernel series as the current (4.17.y) 'downstream' rpi kernel port has various broken bits and pieces that need fixing.
For those interested, I am building 4.17.y series kernels and you can find them in our unstable repositories.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Will there be an 'official' Fedberry 28 release you ask? Probably not....
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
BTW, I haven't posted any of the current repo 'snapshot' images on the github page as they are not official releases. You can grab them from download.fedberry.org or the sourceforge mirror.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
While I remember....... if you want hardware h264 video acceleration in chromium, then you must add your user to the 'video' group.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
I just added a RPi hardware accelerated build of mpv to the testing repo (f28). Seems to work quite well, all things considered.
mpv-fedberry.jpg
It accelerates video playback of mp4 files via mmal and full screen performance seems comparable comparable to omxplayer
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Windowed performance is however hampered by the need to use x11 video output. It can handle resolutions up to 720p but no higher. If you want to play h264 1080p files, you will need to go full screen overlay which is full hardware acceleration.
sbadux
@sbadux
Hello @agrez, I'm happy to see that you're still improving Fedberry :) Can you please explain what I've to do to get hardware acceleration on the RasPi with Fedberry?
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
hi @sbadux. The first and most important thing to do is make sure the desired user(s) is/are added to the 'video' group. https://github.com/fedberry/fedberry/wiki/FAQ#omxplayer
Once users are added to this group then video hardware acceleration (h264) is available for our omxplayer, chromium and mpv builds to utilise.
Note: mpv is only available for Fedberry 28 at this point and you need to enable the 'testing' repository to try it out. dnf config-manager --set-enabled fedberry-testing
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
I might push the mpv related pkgs to stable soon, so this last step might be unnecessary in a few days.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Oh and another thought.... make sure you have at least 128MB (some people seem to recommend more) allocated to the GPU.
sbadux
@sbadux
Thanks a lot!
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
I just thought of something else. All of the above works when using the default fbdev driver. All bets are off when using the vc4 kms driver as everything is different.
sbadux
@sbadux
Hi again and thanks. I will use the default driver since I don't know how to change it :) I've seen that the new Linux 4.18 added the support for RaspPi 3/3B. Will this news change something in the Fedberry development?
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Nope, the upstream 4.18 kernel release doesn't mean much for Fedberry development as we use the 'downstream' kernel port from the raspberry pi foundation. IMO, its still more stable, is better performing and has much better hardware support as compared to upstream kernel development.
Upstream kernel development is still catching up.... its getting there slowly.....
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
For various reasons, Fedora uses upstream kernels for RPi's and it shows..... it always seems to have various bugs afflicting RPI's and seems to have consistent breakage. From a stability point of view its frustrating and its the main reason I haven't stopped development of Fedberry yet.
sbadux
@sbadux
I hope you won't stop the development. I was looking for a desktop-distro for the RPi2 and I used Raspbian, Ubuntu Mate and almost all the distros for Raspberry but everyone has some problem. Some are too much technical, Raspbian starts as a root and the updates often break the OS, Mate corrupts the SD cards, Fedora is so damn slow. Since I've found Fedberry and it's almost perfect. I really LOVE Fedberry and I suggest it to everyone asks me something about the RPi. It's running on my RPi for 6 months and I've never had a single problem. Always updated and stable. You did a great job. Thanks
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
I'm glad to hear that! Its nice to hear some positive comments once in a while. Helps with the motivation. Thanks @sbadux :-) :thumbsup:
sbadux
@sbadux
You deserve it :)
sbadux
@sbadux
What about request a Distrowatch page? https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=submit I've noticed that Fedberry is neither listed nor in the waiting list
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
I've always considered Fedberry as a Fedora remix, not as a separate standalone distribution. The reality is we are predominately built upon the hard work of Fedora developers, with some custom changes and packages from us that provide performance and usability improvements for RPi's.
sbadux
@sbadux
If everyone had thought this way Distrowatch would have only few distros :D I have suggested this because it's a great way to find new users, but I understand what you mean ;-)
Michael Katzmann
@Heterodyne
I upgraded to F28 but had/have a conflict between linux-firmare package and bcm434xx-firmware.
Which package should I use/not use or how can I install both (if both are needed)
The conflicting/duplicate file is bcrmfmac43455-stdio.bin
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
@Heterodyne Thanks for the report..... Hmmmm..... I see Fedora has updated the linux-firmware rpm but we have excludes for this in our yum repo files, so I'm not quite sure why this is happening when upgrading.
You need our bcm434xx-firmware + linux-firmware packages together, otherwise our bcm434xx-firmware rpm will surely conflict with Fedora's release.
I will update our linux-firmware which will fix the issue for now and then try to figure out why dnf is ignoring the linux-firmware exclude we have in place.
Vaughan Agrez
@agrez
Just out of interest, what's the output of cat /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo |grep -m1 linux-firmware and cat /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo |grep -m1 linux-firmware?