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Fedora on Raspberry Pi: Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions regarding what is supported.
Why do I get a rainbow display when I try and power on my Raspberry Pi?
Common causes of the rainbow display include:
Insufficient power supply. See the xref:raspberry-pi-prerequisites[Prerequisites] section at the beginning of this document.
There's no operating system installed. Check that an operating system was installed and the microSD card was properly inserted into the Raspberry Pi. For instructions about Fedora ARM on Raspberry Pi:
For Fedora users, see: <<installing-fedora-on-a-raspberry-pi-using-the-fedora-arm-installer_{context}>>.
For users of other Linux distributions, see: <<installing-fedora-on-a-raspberry-pi-for-linux-users_{context}>>.
For Microsoft Windows users, see: <<installing-fedora-on-a-raspberry-pi-for-microsoft-windows-users_{context}>>.
For macOS users, see: <<installing-fedora-on-a-raspberry-pi-for-macos-users_{context}>>.
If you try to use Fedora on a Raspberry Pi 1, Raspberry Pi Zero, or a Raspberry Pi model A, you will receive the rainbow display. This occurs because your Raspberry Pi is not supported (ARMv6 SoCs architectures are not supported).
What desktop environments are supported?
All desktops as shipped in Fedora should work and both 2D and 3D graphics work out of the box. There is an open source fully accelerated driver for the Video Core IV GPU.
Will there be more enhancements to the hardware support?
Yes. New enhancements will be delivered by the standard Fedora updates mechanism. New, significant features will be announced by the link:https://fedoramagazine.org/[Fedora Magazine] or the link:http://fedoraplanet.org/[Fedora Planet].
What about support for the Raspberry Pi Models A/A+, B/B+ (generation 1), Zero/ZeroW and Compute Module?
These Raspberry Pi models are not supported.
Fedora is not supported on ARMv6 processors. There's been a number of attempts to support these over the years. The current best effort is Pignus based on Fedora 23. More information can be found at link:https://pignus.computer[the Pignus site].
Fedora DOES support the Compute Module 3 based on the same SoC as the Raspberry Pi 3, but *as the previous generation Compute Modules are based on ARMv6 architecture, they are [#.underline]#not supported#*.
What USB devices are supported on the Raspberry Pi?