Testing/Reports/ARM RPi

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Fedora.jpg Test report rpfr-f18-final.img

Updated Mar 17 2013
  • Download:
NEW: http://scotland.proximity.on.ca/raspberrypi/raspberrypi-fedora-remix/18/images/rpfr-f18-final.zip
Older version that also works

Write to SD card

Detailed options for writing SD card.
  • Unzip rpfr-f18-rc1.zip

dd write SD

  • Using an SD adapter in a USB socket:
# dd if=rpfr-f18-rc1.img of=/dev/sd(x)  or /dev/mmcblk(x) 
6144000+0 records in
6144000+0 records out
3145728000 bytes (3.1 GB) copied, 717.468 s, 4.4 MB/s
  • /dev/sd(x) or /dev/mmcblk(x)
Use command "mount" in terminal to get correct device name eg: /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /dev/sdd etc.
  • If you are using a SD slot, you may see /dev/mmcblk(x)
# dd if=rpfr-f18-final.img of=/dev/mmcblk0
6144000+0 records in
6144000+0 records out
3145728000 bytes (3.1 GB) copied, 1001.65 s, 3.1 MB/s
  • CAUTION the device name has to be correct or you can damage your computers drives with no warning.

Insert SD Card

  • Insert SD in RPi and plug in the power supply mini usb
Unplug this mini usb to shutdown RPi
  • Connections


  • Picture


Boot SD Card

  • Note this takes several minutes to do reach the first boot.
Be Patient
  • Firstboot
TimeZone and Language
user name and password
root password
select type of HDMI output
resizes the SD /
swap settings - increase to 1024
  • Log in
  • Recommended: turn off screensaver
Mode "Disable Screensaver"

Install sugar-desktop

yum groupinstall sugar-desktop
633kb | 133MB 138 files
yum install sugar-emulator
  • To start SUGAR : Applications Menu: Education/Sugar
  • sugar emulator running on RPi


  • rpfr-f18-rc1-a-sd.img file created with disk utility from working 8 GB SD card
and then restored with disk utility to a 16 GB SD Card and booted on RPi 512 "b"


  • This screenshot added 03/18/2013


  • Build: Fedora remix release 18 (Raspberrypi Fedora Remix)
  • Sugar: 0.98.2

Create and read wiki-page.pdf files in LDXE and Sugar

  • You can Create wiki-page.pdf files in LDXE using the RPi to load on a USB for access in sugar-read :
See: Tutorials/Tutorials.iso
Browser in LDXE can print Wiki pages to a .pdf file
yum install evince
evince is added so .pdf files can be read in LDXE
Read in sugar already can open the .pdf files on a 2nd USB
  • Evince reading Tutorials USB on LDXE Desktop


Introduction to the sugar Interface

  • A tutorial to introduce the sugar-desktop to new users

Duplicating a RPi SD Card

  • Duplicate a working SD Card


In general newer versions of Fedora will try and autodiscover IPv6 networks.
If it finds one with a non-local (not fe80::) IP address it will get on it, and used the IPv6 routers spotted if present
Given a DNS name with both IPv4 & v6 addresses set, it's mostly up to the application to see if asks the OS to do v4, v6,
or just generically whichever the OS thinks makes the most sense
Warning a fee is charged for download

Fedora.jpg Test report rpfr-17-xfce-r2.img

Feb 12 2013

Write to SD card

  • Unzip file
# dd if=rpfr-17-xfce-r2.img of=/dev/sdc
6144000+0 records in
6144000+0 records out
3145728000 bytes (3.1 GB) copied, 1056.07 s, 3.0 MB/s

Boot DC Card

  • Firstboot
select type of HDMI output
resizes the SD / and
swap settings

Install sugar-desktop

yum groupinstall sugar-desktop
  • 38 packages (+93 Dependent packages)
Download size 120 M
Installed size 282 M
  • Log out/Log In to XFCE or Sugar


Build: Fedora remix release 17 (Raspberrypi Fedora Remix)
Sugar: 0.96.2


  • DO NOT DO SOFTWARE UPDATE - Some activities will "Failed to start" if updated from My Settings/Software update

Fedora.jpg Test report raspberrypi-fedora-remix-17-test-004.img

Changes in this release:

- Image resize/swap space creation is now more reliable (note, however,
that it will take several minutes after the firstboot setup before the
resize/swap takes effect - the system may be used during this time). I
think we've probably nailed the last of the significant
firstboot/resize/swap issues.

- The image is now 1.852G in size and will fit a 2GB card (4GB or larger
card is recommended to allow plenty of space for data/extra
software/swap). The download is 665MB.

Next week we'll start performance tests with armv6 rebuilds (sfp & hfp)
and continue work on image size reduction and boot cutdown.

Chris Tyler 08/03/2012

Write to SD Card

  • Outside of RPi
zcat raspberrypi-fedora-remix-17-test-004.img.gz >/dev/mmcblk0

Boot SD Card

  • Insert the SD Card in the RPi
  • Connect all cables
  • Plug in power cord
This starts Boot
  • Firstboot
Use Network time
there is no realtime clock on RPi (errors will occur if time is not set correctly)
root password
User and Password
[x]user is part of administrator group
[x]resize with swap 1024 MB  - (move slider)
[x] Graphical Boot
  • Use default desktop config (XFCE)
  • Change memory split:
between the ARM CPU and the GPU,
"The 004 test image defaults to 224/32 MB memory split - it is not necessary to change this split to use yum.
The 240/16 firmware is now included in the image.
  • Resize of File System and Creation of swap
"The SD card will be resized during the second boot.
"this will appear as the file /swap0 and will appear in both /etc/fstab and swapon -s "
 ctyler on #seneca
  • Test SDXC Card
A 64 GB SDXC card resizes to:
fat 16 /boot  51.00 MB    boot, lba
ext4   rootfs 59.43 GiB

Update firmware

  • Terminal:
#yum update
38 Pkgs/29M
raspberry firmware and kernel included
  • Change memory split:
Required on this image to avoid out of memory condition when using yum to install
"This image uses a 224/32 MB memory split between the ARM CPU and the GPU,
instead of the more useful240M/16M. To change this, run this command:"
In Terminal:
sudo su
cp /boot/arm240_start.elf /boot/start.elf
  • reboot

Install Sugar 0.96.2

#yum install sugar*  77M  220M installed

Start Sugar

  • Application Menu/education/sugar
sugar-emulator starts
  • Note the Raspberry Pi board on the right bottom of screenshot.
  • The 1 AMP 5 Volt USB powersupply is marginal
To insure that RPi gets adequate power, use a powered 4 port USB Hub[1] for the USB Keyboard and USB Mouse
[1] (Belkin)

About my Computer

Build:  Fedora remix release 17 (Raspberrypi Fedora Remix)
Sugar:  0.96.2

Wireless Networking

Verified Peripherals: http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals
  • RPi USB Port 1: Powered 4 port USB Hub to run USB Mouse and USB keyboard.
  • RPi USB Port 2 :D-link DWL-122 USB wireless adapter on a 12" USB extension cable.
Connects to a WEP wireless AP
Shows AD-HOC and wirelss AP's in sugar (f1) Network Neighbourhood.


Disable Screen Saver

  • The screen still blanks after a while even with the screen saver disabled.
to Fix:
xset s
xset -dpms


  • only log off is offered in this test software
To Shutdown the RPi:
 shutdown -h now
  • Unplug the mini power Connector from RPi board (on the cable coming from the 1,0Amp 5 Volt power supply)
  • Reboot occurs on re-plugging in this connector

Mate.pngTest report Raspbian-PiscesMATE.img

  • MATE is a fork of GNOME 2



Write to SDXC Card

# dd if=rpi_pisces_mate_r1.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

Boot SDXC Card

  • Cards tested:
SanDisk Ultra SDXC 64 GB 30 MB/s
SanDisk SDHC 8 GB 15 MB/s
  • Do resize of SD Card here in another computer with gparted - (See section below)
Use SD card to USB adapter if needed
  • Boot RPi with the resized card.

The following two user accounts are created on this image:

Username         Password
root             raspbian
raspbian         raspbian 
  • Login to raspbian
boots to MATE Desktop Environment 1.2.0
apt-get update
dpkg-reconfigure tzdata -  Be sure it is correct
apt-get upgrade - 226 files
apt-get synaptic

Test#1 Install Sugar-0.96 in Wheezy

  • synaptic:
search for sugar
sugar-session-0.96 - 315 files

About my Computer

  • Caution Keyring password is asked at start
This password required to be used to start Jabber.sugarlabs.org
Build Debian GNU/Linux testing/unstable
Sugar 0.96.1


  • 1 Amp Power Supply is marginal with a Dell USB Keyboard and Dell USB Wheel-Mouse connected to the 2 supplied connectors on RPi
  • Use a 4-Port Powered Desktop Hub to connect them instead (Belkin 4-port Powered Hub F4U20-8830-06939 Rev A00) worked

Install More Activities in Sugar

Mount/Unmount USB
  • Mount USB
sudo su
root@pisces:/home/raspbian# mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /home/raspbian/USB
root@pisces:/home/raspbian# unmount /dev/sda1


Pippy        46
Turtle Art   98

Test #2 Install sugar 0.88.1

  • continue but use apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get update
dpkg-reconfigure tzdata -  Be sure it is correct
apt-get dist-upgrade  -  Very Large update

Install sugar-emulator-0.88

apt-get install sugar-emulator-0.88 - Pulls in large set of gnome files

About my Computer

Build:       Debian GNU/Linux testing/unstable
Sugar:       0.88.1


Pippy            45
Turtle Art       98
Log              24
Terminal         28
Write            70
Calculate        40
Chat             76

Note: extra Activities added when installed

apt-get install sugar-emulator-0.86
apt-get install sugar-emulator-0.88
  • Installed activities from 0.86 remained

Debian.jpg Test Report: rpi_pisces_r3.zip

D/L: http://www.raspbian.org/PiscesImages
  • r3 Image
"Mike Thompson has produced a publicly available SD image of Raspbian that is bootable on Raspberry Pi hardware.
This is called the "pisces" image as that is what Mike's Raspberry Pi system is named on his LAN.
This image is a little newer and includes a more complete installation of Raspbian and LXDE than the more minimal Hexxeh image.
This image was created using the Debian installer so it reflects a minimal Debian installation with the LXDE packages added for a desktop."
  • Once booted, log into one of the two existing accounts:
Username       Password
root           raspbian
raspbian       raspbian
  • This version has a fake hardware clock as the RPi has no clock

Install sugar 0.96

apt-get install sugar-session-0.96

About my Computer

Build               Debian GNU/Linux testing/unstable
Sugar               0.96.1
Starts at sugar: name - color selection screens
Keyring password is set
Jabber works.


Pippy         46
Turtle Art    98
  • Still testing--Satellit 17:22, 17 August 2012 (EDT)

Debian.jpg Test Report 2012-07-15-wheezy-raspbian.zip

D/L: http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/images/raspbian/2012-07-15-wheezy-raspbian/2012-07-15-wheezy-raspbian.zip
D/L: Minimal Image:http://www.linuxsystems.it/2012/06/raspbian-wheezy-armhf-raspberry-pi-minimal-image/
UnZip and write to 8 GB SDHC Card with dd
  • Boot SDHC Card
  • Text mode Configuration screen:
                                                             values tested

info                information about this tool
expand_rootfs       Expand root partition to fill SD card    [x]
overscan            Change overscan
configure_keyboard  Set keyboard layout                      en-us
change_pass         Change password for 'pi' user            [x]
change_locale       Set locale                               [x]
change_timezone     Set timezone                            US-CA
memory_split        Change memory split                     224/32 (default=192MB/64MB  (arm/videocore)
ssh                 Enable or Disable ssh server
boot_behavior       Start desktop on boot?                   [x]
update              Try to upgrade raspi-config

   {Select}                      {Finish}

  • Reboot
resize occurs
swap file is created
  • RPi Desktop appears
  • STILL TESTING--Satellit 18:09, 5 August 2012 (EDT)

Debian.jpg Test report debian6-19-04-2012.img

Debian info:https://wiki.debian.org/Sugar
D/L: http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/images/debian/6/debian6-19-04-2012/debian6-19-04-2012.zip
UnZip and write to 64 GB Ultra SDXC Card with dd
  • Boot SDXC Card
login pi
password raspberry

Install sugar-0.88

  • LXTerminal:
Root password is not known but "sudo su" goes to root terminal
sudo su
apt-get install sucrose-0.88
apt-get update
apt-get install sugar-emulator-0.88
  • Start Education/Sugar from menu
Activities loaded:
  • Jabber does not work

About my Computer

Build:  Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.4 (squeeze)
Sugar:  0.88.1


  • Activities that work D/L from ASLO (Browse)
Turtle Art Mini-147
Turtle Art 147 (very slow)
  • Activities that are too large to run:
GetBooks 11
  • Tried loading synaptic but it freezes loading catalogues.
apt-get remove synaptic

Resize SD Card with gparted

  • Get Sugar Journal full messages after several uses
  • Fix:
  • Remove SDXC card - Insert in Laptop and start gparted
resize-move /dev/sdg2 to 20 GiB
  • Reboot in RPi
No longer get journal full messages
  • Activities that are too large to run:
Turtle Art 147
GetBooks 11