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Pidora: Installation onto an SD Card

What is Pidora?

Pidora is a Fedora Remix optimized for the Raspberry Pi computer.

Installation

To burn a Pidora image you’ll need an SD card, but on the internet there is a lot of discussion as to which you should use, some recommended to use a “class 10 SD card with minimum 4 GB storage”, others I have seen mention a “class 4 SD card with minimum 8 GB storage”.

I wouldn’t worry too much about the class as the difference between classes is the claimed minimum write speed not the maximum. Currently I’m using a class 6 SD card with 32 GB storage and have had no issues, a safe bet would be the Transcend class 10 card.

Now for burning the image you will need to download the latest zip here, then follow the instructions below depending on your operating system.

Danger of Data Loss / System Damage
The selected device will be overwritten. If you select the wrong device, you may lose data. Exercise with care.

Mac

Open a terminal and type the following commands:

cd Downloads
unzip pidora-18-r2c.zip (or whatever the latest version is)
df -h

Plug the SD card into the mac
Run df -h again to see the SD Card now listed.

Note the name of the drive is something like /dev/disk1s1

Unmount the disk. Make sure you are positive which disk is the SD Card.

sudo diskutil unmount /dev/disk1s1

Copy the image onto the SD Card.

sudo dd bs=1m if=pidora-18-r2c.img of=/dev/rdisk1
sudo diskutil eject /dev/rdisk1

Insert it in the Raspberry Pi and turn it on

Linux (Fedora) & Windows

Introduction

This is a first attempt at a basic Fedora ARM Image Installer ( Downloader / Creator / Updater ). This script is written in Python (version 2 & 3 compatible) and makes use of the PyQt4 GUI module allowing it to run graphically (on both Linux & Windows). The files written are block device image files containing: [MBR + Partitions + File Systems + Data]. Distributors should make sure to package some sort of first-boot setup-script to customize the operating system as there is no official installer for ARM devices yet. Hopefully this application will be able to create bootable media for almost any generalized Guruplug, Efika, Pandaboard, Trimslice, or Raspberry Pi device type.

Usage

  1. Select a source file or download option (click the refresh button first)
    • A source file must be either a raw image or zip archive
    • The download option will prompt you to select a download destination folder first
  2. Select the destination (target) device drive where the image should be written
  3. Click install

Notes

  • Storage devices that are greater than 32 Gigabytes in size are ignored (to temporarily protect users)
  • You must have enough space in your temp directories to download or extract any source file
  • The Windows version makes use of a pre-packaged dd.exe binary program to help write image files to block devices

Known Bugs

  • This version currently only works with English languages, I haven’t had the chance to make it multi-lingual yet

pidora-linux pidora-windows

Download & Install – 1.1.1-8

WARNING 
This program *WILL* destroy *ANY* data on the selected disk. Please make sure to backup all of your devices first before running this application!

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click on the link above
  2. Right click on the file and select “Extract All…”
  3. Open the extracted folder
  4. Right click on the main program executable file and select “Run as administrator”
  5. Be careful!

Fedora 20 / 19 / 18

  • On a Fedora 18 operating system (and later), you should be able to run “yum install fedora-arm-installer”

For Manual Installation Fedora 17 (and earlier):

  1. Select the latest “.fc18” build link and download the “.noarch” RPM file
  2. yum install pyqt4
  3. rpm -e fedora-arm-installer
  4. rpm -i fedora-arm-installer-<v>-<r>.fc18.noarch.rpm

References: Mac, Linux & Windows

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