CentOS 7 Linux now runs on ARM64 (AArch64) hardware

CentOS 7 Linux is now available for the 64bit AArch64 hardware architecture. This latest release will available to the community for testing and consumption sometime next week.

According to Jim Perrin of Seven.Centos :- There are some differences with a traditional CentOS install that users wishing to experiment should keep in mind. Because AArch64 hardware is still very new, this build requires a newer kernel that we’ll be patching fairly regularly with help from the community as well as various vendors. The initial alpha release will ship with a kernel-4.0.0 based kernel, however we’re working on providing a 4.1 based kernel using ACPI very soon.

Teaser screenshots!

In the example below, I copied the boot.iso to USB via dd. For the hardware I have, the installer’s started over a serial interface, and then accessed via VNC. A text mode is available as well, just like the default CentOS 7 installer for x86_64 (you’ll probably want to use VNC initially).

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The VNC based installer is identical to the one you’re already familiar with for CentOS. The only difference of note here, is that by default only the ‘minimal’ install is available. Additional packages may be installed after the installation completes. This is something we’ll improve on as the AArch64 build matures.

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Just as you’d expect, once the installer completes successfully, you’ll be prompted to reboot.

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After the installation completes and you have rebooted the system, the console login prompt shows the 4.0.0-1 kernel goodness, and you’re ready to deploy additional software and configure the system.

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