Announcing Fedora 19 ARM remix for Allwinner SOCs release 3

Hans de Goede hdegoede at
Sun Oct 13 21:29:34 UTC 2013

Hi All,

I'm very happy to announce the third release (r3) of my Fedora 19 ARM
remix images for Allwinner A10, A10s, A13 and A20 based devices. This
release is based on the official Fedora 19 Final for ARM images,
with u-boot and kernel(s) from the linux-sunxi project:

New this release:

1) Fix the bad brown paper bag bug in r2 which caused it to not boot
on sun4i (A10) and sun5i (A13/A10s) devices
2) Support for the cubietruck (except for the wifi module)
3) Support for the Megafeis A08 and Mini-X with A10s

You can download it here:

sha1sum: a57e5897e0c6047dbb473c438016d6364fd0709f

It is important to read the README, the image standard comes without
u-boot pre-loaded since u-boot is board specific. The image includes
a user-friendly simple script to install the right u-boot for
your board, but if you simply xzcat the image to an sdcard, and then
boot your device with the sdcard, things will *not* work.

See the README for a list of currently supported boards.

Known Issues:
-Many boards don't have an rtc (A10 and A20 have a builtin one),
  or at least no battery backup for it, resulting in the date
  + time being wrong.
-If the date is of by more then a couple of months, "yum update"
  won't work because certificate validation fails for the https
  connection yum tries to make. So if yum fails to get its repodata
  first check (and fix) your date
-The regular (host not otg) usb-port on A10s based boards can be a
  bit quirky. It is best to plug in a hub even when using only one
  device, otherwise the device may not be recognized. If this happens,
  after adding a hub, often a power-cycle is needed too.
-The wifi chip on the Auxtek-T004 hdmi-stick and on the cubietruck are
  unsupported atm



And to make sure everyone reads the README, let me print it here
in full:

Fedora 19 ARM for Allwinner A10, A10s, A13 and A20 devices README

Quickstart guide

1) Insert an sdcard, note any data on the card will be destroyed!
2) Make sure the card is not mounted, run "mount" and if the card shows
    up in the output umount its partitions
3) Write the img file to the card, ie as root do:
    xzcat Fedora-19-a10-armhfp-r2.img.xz > /dev/mmcblk0
4) The card is not yet ready for use! Since the A10 u-boot is board
    specific, the image comes without any uboot install, follow the next
    steps to install the right u-boot for your board
5) Remove the card, and re-insert it. The uboot partition should get
    automatically mounted, if not mount it manually,
6) As root (or through sudo) run: <uboot-part-mount>/, ie:
    sudo /run/media/hans/uboot/

    If you've dialog installed the script will prompt for
    your board. If you don't have dialog installed, it will print the list
    of supported boards. Lookup your board and re-run the script with the
    shortname for your board as argument, ie:
    sudo sh /run/media/hans/uboot/ mk802
7) umount the uboot and rootfs partitions, ie:
    umount /run/media/hans/uboot
    umount /run/media/hans/rootfs
8) Your sdcard is now ready for use
9) *Before* powering up your A10 device connect it to an hdmi or dvi monitor
10) When first booting from the sdcard inserted Fedora will automatically
    reboot once, this is part of the process to resize the root partition to
    fill the entire sdcard and is normal behavior.
11) After the automatic reboot Fedora will start with the initial-setup wizard:
    11a) Configure networking, note:
         * If you've an A10 board with wired ethernet and you want to use dhcp
           you don't need to do anything.
         * If you've an A20 board, your ethernet may have a random mac-address,
           so if you want to configure a static ip-address and want it to stick
           across reboots, go to the ethernet-tab, select the mac-address field
           and delete its contents, so that the static ip address you're
           configuring does not get tied to the random mac-address.
    11b) Setup the time zone
    11c) Set a root password
    11d) Create a user
12) Log in as the just created user
13) Enjoy Fedora on your A10 device

Supported Devices:

Fedora 19 ARM for Allwinner A10 has been tested with the following devices:
* A10s-OLinuXino-MICRO (Olimex)
* A13-OLinuXino (Olimex)
* A13-OLinuXino-MICRO (Olimex)
* A20-OLinuXino-MICRO (Olimex)
* Auxtek T003 hdmi tv stick
* Auxtek T004 hdmi tv stick
* BA10 TV Box
* Cubieboard development board 1024 MB RAM
* Cubieboard2 (A20) development board
* Cubietruck development board
* Gooseberry development board
* Mele A1000G/A2000G 1024 MB RAM
* Mini-X 1024 MB RAM
* mk802 (with female mini hdmi) 512 MB RAM
* mk802 with A10s (s with a circle around it on the barcode label)
* mk802ii (with male normal hdmi) 1024 MB RAM
* r7 hdmi tv stick
* UHost U1A hdmi tv stick
* Wobo i5 TV Box

Fedora 19 ARM should also work on the following devices:
* A10 tablet sold under various names (whitelabel)
* A13 tablet sold under various names (whitelabel)
* Coby MID7042 tablet
* Coby MID8042 tablet
* Coby MID9742 tablet
* Cubieboard development board 512 MB RAM
* DNS AirTab M82 tablet
* EOMA68 A10 CPU card
* H6 netbook
* Hackberry development board
* Hyundai a7hd tablet
* iNet-97F Rev.2 (and clones) tablet
* Marsboard A10
* Megafeis A08
* Mele A1000/A2000 512 MB RAM
* Mele A3700
* Mini-X 512 MB RAM
* Mini-X with A10s soc
* mk802 (with female mini hdmi) 1024 MB RAM
* pcDuino development board
* Point of View ProTab 2 IPS 9" tablet
* Point of View ProTab 2 IPS tablet with 3g
* Sanei N90
* XZPAD700 7" tablet

Configuring the display output

Multiple video outputs at the same time are not supported. By default
hdmi output with EDID is used for all devices, except for tablets/netbooks
where the default output is the lcd.

The default hdmi output with EDID will get the native resolution of your
TV / monitor and use that. Note that in order for this to work your TV /
monitor must be connected *and turned on*, before booting your device.

The output resolution can be configured with the disp.screen0_output_mode
kernel cmdline value, which can be found in the extrargs part of uEnv.txt in
the uboot partition. The default uEnv.txt contains the following value:

This means try to use EDID and if no valid EDID info is found fallback to

The used output can be changed by adding disp.screen0_output_type=X to the
extraargs in uEnv.txt. With X being one of: 0:none; 1:lcd; 2:tv; 3:hdmi; 4:vga

Some per display type notes:
-lcd outputs: Hardcoded to the native mode, disp.screen0_output_mode is ignored
-tv: For the cvbs output disp.screen0_output_mode must be set to one of the
  following: pal, pal-svideo, ntsc, ntsc-svideo, pal-m, pal-m-svideo, pal-nc,
  pal-nc-svideo. Note the -svideo variants should only be used on boards with
  an svideo connector, for composite out use the regular variants, ie:
  disp.screen0_output_type=2 disp.screen0_output_mode=pal
-hdmi: To override the EDID detected mode, drop the "EDID:" from the
  disp.screen0_output_mode value and set it to the desired mode, ie:
  disp.screen0_output_type=3 disp.screen0_output_mode=1360x768p60
-vga: Does not support EDID, "EDID:" must be removed from the
  disp.screen0_output_mode value otherwise it will be ignored. interlaced
  progressive and refreshrate settings specified are ignored, each resolution
  has hardcoded values for these. Example usage:
  disp.screen0_output_type=4 disp.screen0_output_mode=1024x768

How to power your allwinner device

For reliable operation it is important that your allwinner device is properly
powered. Some users try to power their allwinner development boards through
the power pin on the serial port / uart connector. This is a very bad idea!
and will almost always result in unreliable operation. Instaed always power
your allwinner device over the barrel connector intended for that using,
using a quality, reliable power supply.

USB controller caveats

The OTG USB controller in host mode only supports a limited number of
devices, plugging in a hub + mouse + keyboard typically will make either
the mouse or keyboard not work. This is a hardware limitation which we
will likely not be able to work around.

On tv-sticks and top-set boxes, simply avoid the otg connector, instead
use a hub in a regular host usb connector. Note on the mini-x the otg / host
marking is not always correct. If things don't work try using the OTG
connector instead!

On tablets and the gooseberry unfortunately only the otg connector is
available. One solution there is using a single usb-device which is
both a keyboard and a mouse at the same time. IE the receiver for logitech
wireless desktop sets.

Known Issues
* The broadcom sdio wifi found in the Auxtek T004 hdmi-stick and on the
   Cubietruck is not supported

Supported hardware components / features:

Fedora 19 ARM for Allwinner A10 supports the following components:
* Serial ports
* MMC cards
* Internal NAND storage
* Framebuffer on lcd / vga / hdmi / composite video
* Sound both analog out and over hdmi
* OTG USB controller
* Both standard USB host controllers
* Wifi
* Wired Ethernet
* IR (untested at this time)
* SPI (as module, not supported on A20)
* "tablet" keys on olinuxino boards
* 7 and 10 inch lcd displays on olinuxino boards (requires selecting the
   right config in

Unsupported hardware components:

The following components require various proprietary blobs to be used, and
as such are not supported in the Fedora images. The kernel drivers for them
are present (usually as modules), so if you add the necessary blobs you might
get these to work:
* Mali 400 GPU
* Cedar hardware video & audio decoding and encoding engine
* G2D 2d engine

Note that the drivers for these need some memory to be reserved at boot, and
since they are not supported by default in the Fedora images, this memory
reservation has been disabled. To reserve the memory edit /boot/uEnv.txt and
remove the kernel cmdline options which disable the memory reservation.

Differences from stock Fedora
* Since the A10 is not a very powerful soc some services which are enabled by
   default on Fedora are disabled in the image, see for a list.
* No plymouth: we log to a serial console for debugging so no pretty splash.
   Also we don't use an initrd, so removing the console=ttyS0,115200 from
   the extraargs in uEnv.txt will give plymouth, but so late it hardly matters.

Rebuilding the Fedora 19 ARM for Allwinner A10 disk image

Building the Fedora 19 ARM for Allwinner A10 disk image consists of 2 steps
1) Building a uboot.tar.gz and rootfs.tar.gz "overlays", this is done
    bu the build-boot-root-sh script
2) Combining uboot.tar.gz and rootfs.tar.gz with an official Fedora 19 arm img,
    this combining is done by the script
    The a10 image you downloaded is based on Fedora-XFCE-armhfp-19-1-sda.raw

These scripts are hosted here:

A copy of the exact versions of these scripts used to build this Fedora A10
image can be found in the scripts directory of the uboot partition, the
kernel config used during the build can be found here too.

If you want to exactly reproduce this image it is important to use the
scripts from the scripts dir of the uboot partition, as the scripts contain
GIT tags used during the build to checkout the exact versions to build.

The pre-conditions these scripts expect to be met, and the exact usage of
them is documented in comments in the top of each script.

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