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Raspberry Pi's Fedora becomes Pidora

May 22, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 12,196 views

Fedora and the Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology released an optimized Fedora 18 Remix for the Raspberry Pi, and unveiled a new name for the remix. “Pidora 18,” based on a new build of Fedora optimized for ARMv6, features speedier performance and includes packages from the Fedora 18 package set, says the Pidora project team.

Pidora 18 is the fourth Fedora remix for the Raspberry Pi SBC, and the first to be specifically optimized for ARMv6 architecture. Its predecessor, Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix 18, was based on ARMv5 architecture.


Raspberry Pi models A (left) and B (right)
(click each image to enlarge)


What’s new in Pidora 18?

According to its release notes, these are the main differences from the previous version of Fedora for the Raspberry Pi:

  • Almost all of the Fedora 18 package set available via yum (thousands of packages were built from the official Fedora repository and made available online)
  • Compiled specifically to take advantage of the hardware already built into the Raspberry Pi
  • Graphical firstboot configuration (with additional modules specifically made for the Raspberry Pi)
  • Compact initial image size (for fast downloads) and auto-resize (for maximum storage afterwards)
  • Auto swap creation available to allow for larger memory usage
  • C, Python, and Perl programming languages are available and included in the SD card image
  • The initial release of headless mode can be used with setups lacking a monitor or display
  • IP address information can be read over the speakers and flashed with the LED light
  • For graphical operation, the Gedit text editor can be used with plugins (python console, file manager, syntax highlighting) to serve as a mini-graphical IDE

  • For console operation, easy-to-use text editors are included (nled, nano, vi) plus Midnight Commander for file management
  • Includes libraries capable of supporting external hardware, such as motors and robotics (via GPIO, I2C, SPI)


Further information

Pidora is a project of the Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT). As a Fedora remix, Pidora combines Fedora packages with other software. The Fedora Project calls its home here.

More information about Pidora may be found at the Pidora project wiki.

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12 responses to “Raspberry Pi's Fedora becomes Pidora”

  1. required says:

    If you knew what Pidora means in Russian, you would never call it so.

  2. Josef says:

    Authors distribution rename it. The fact that Russian “pidora” sounds like a dirty word, translated into English as “fag”.

  3. Ramil says:

    Guys, you must rename it.

    In Russian, “Pidora” and “” spell and sound like “belonging to a gay” – check it out yourself

    According to Wiki ( 265 million people speak Russian and understand this word as “queer”, “gay”, or “asshole”

    Moreover, other slavic East-European languages have adopted Russian obscene language, so people from Poland, Czech etc. will understand it as “Gay Linux”.

    You should have asked Ruiisan community before renaming it. Please choose something more appropriate.

  4. LinuxGizmos says:

    Thanks for the comments. We are attempting to communicate this to the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix team.

  5. LinuxGizmos says:

    I heard back from the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix team. They have now posted something about this on the project’s website. It reads:

    “It has come to our attention that the Pidora name bears an unfortunate similarity to another word in Russian, and this has offended some community members and amused others. Please accept our apologies for any offence caused. Our goal was to simply associate “Pi” (from Raspberry Pi) and “Fedora” (from the Fedora Project). We are actively seeking a broadly-acceptable alternative Russian name in consultation with some community members, and will post more information shortly.” — Chris Tyler


  6. Vasiliz says:

    Habrahabr is laughing at you guys!

  7. den says:

    Horrible name! It will never be popular in russian speaking countries. It’s like calling it fag-dora.

  8. sss says:

    Here guys, just read the comments through google translate or any other dictionary.

    Thanks for the laughs but really, change the name. Pidora on bluehost, Jesus Christ, thats too much. “Dora the explorer” wouldn’t be as troublesome.

    I don’t understand why change the name for one brand. What if there will be another mini pc that is not Raspberry ? Its up to you of course but if you want change the name do it at least for the architecture, ARM Fedora not Pi Fedora.

  9. Predator says:

    DoraPi will be better

  10. Steve says:

    Who cares! If you had any sense you’d realize its a combination of PI and Fedora. What, so homos can hijack a word like “gay” and then we can never use it again because it belongs to them? I don’t think so.

    The name is Pidora. Deal with it.

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