1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

OpenSUSE ARMs Up For A Low-Power Battle

SUSE

Published on 22 October 2012 03:00 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in SUSE
1 Comment

While Ubuntu has been taking the ARM server and desktop markets seriously for quite some time and is leading quite well on that front, Fedora has been getting behind ARM, and other distributions like Gentoo and Arch have their own interesting ARM Linux undertakings, openSUSE has been rather late to the party.

Earlier this month, the first release candidate for openSUSE on ARM surfaced. OpenSUSE is initially targeting the OMAP3/OMAP4, Marvell ArmandaXP, and Freescale i.MX51 ARM SoCs.

Dirk Müller of SUSE presented about openSUSE for ARM on Sunday during their openSUSE Conference at LinuxDays in Prague. Dirk went over the current state of the openSUSE Build Service for ARM, ARM Linux support coverage more broadly, hurdles they had with bringing up ARM support, and much more.

Among the issues expressed with ARM were needing special U-Boot boot loaders and kernels for each different ARM SoC, there' over 50+ ARM variants (64 different machine types as of the Linux 3.0 kernel), and other headaches due to the fragmented ARM market. The ultimate ARM Linux goal is to have a "single zImage kernel", but in the end it will likely be four: ARMv4, ARMv5, ARMv6/ARMv7 with and without LPAE, and then ARMv8.

OpenSUSE ARMs Up For A Low-Power Battle

The situation is improving upstream for Linux on ARM hardware. The Linux 3.7 kernel is the first where a single kernel can support multiple platforms, there is now ARM Xen virtualization support, and early support for the AArch64 64-bit ARM architecture. There's also been ARM activities happening within GCC.

While openSUSE may not be moving as fast as Ubuntu with broad ARM coverage for desktops and servers, at least the German Linux distribution is moving in the right direction.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source
  2. Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell
  3. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  4. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  5. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  6. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
Latest Linux News
  1. Phoronix Server Migration
  2. GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months
  3. AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot
  4. The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL
  5. OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha: Adds UEFI Support, Defaults To LXQt
  6. Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd
  7. There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux
  8. Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up
  9. Microsoft's CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD
  10. Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support
  2. Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy
  3. My Favorite Computer Desk Of The Past Decade For Less Than $100
  4. Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd
  5. AMD Open-Sources "Addrlib" From Catalyst
  6. Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued
  7. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Ready For Release This Weekend
  8. GIMP's Porting To GTK3 Continues