Article from Issue 285/2024

In the news: AlmaLinux Now Supports Raspberry Pi 5; Kubuntu Focus Releases New Ir14 and Ir16 Laptops; NixOS 24.05; Linux Lite 7.0; KaOS Linux 2024.05 Adds bcachfs Support and More; TUXEDO Computers Unveils New Stellaris Laptop Line; KDE Releases Plasma 6.0.5; Gnome OS Adopting systemd-sysupdate; and Endless OS 6.

AlmaLinux Now Supports Raspberry Pi 5

The Raspberry Pi 5 was released in October of 2023 and includes some pretty impressive specs for a single-board computer, including a Broadom BCM2717 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortext-A76 CPU with 512KB per core, L2 caches, and a 2MB shared L3 cache. The board also includes a VideoCore VII GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.2. So, yeah, it's powerful.

But up until now, the Raspberry Pi 5 lacked the ability to run AlmaLinux. Well, that's now a thing of the past because both AlmaLinux 9.4 and 8.10 can be installed on this device.

According to Koichiro Iwao (, an engineer at Cybertrust Japan, "My first step was to learn the Raspberry Pi boot process to build AlmaLinux's kernel package based on the Raspberry Pi kernel, which is a fork of the Linux kernel." Iwao continues, "Although I had previously contributed to AlmaLinux Raspberry Pi images, I didn't know much about the boot process. It took considerable time and effort to successfully build a kernel on my ARM environment, overcoming failed builds and boot issues along the way. These attempts allowed me to understand the Raspberry Pi boot process more deeply and identify what was going wrong."


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