Chapter 5 Installation and Availability

You can download a full Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 (aarch64) installation media image from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at https://edelivery.oracle.com/linux. You can also obtain the latest Oracle Linux 7 packages from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 (aarch64) is made available in two forms:

  • rpi3-ol7.5-image.img.xz : A disk image that can be installed onto an SD Card and used on a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B or Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ single-board computer. This image includes the necessary firmware to boot the Raspberry Pi 3 directly into Oracle Linux 7. This image is made available for developers who may not have access to alternate Arm hardware.

    Note

    The disk image for the Raspberry Pi is available as a technology preview for developer use only. Oracle does not provide support for Oracle Linux on Raspberry Pi systems. Oracle recommends that developers assist each other on the Oracle Linux for Arm community forum at https://community.oracle.com/community/technology_network_community/server_%26_storage_systems/linux/oracle-linux-for-arm

  • OracleLinux-R7-U5-Server-aarch64-dvd.iso : An ISO image that can be used for a standard installation on generic 64-bit Armv8 hardware. This ISO has been tested on Arm hardware and is engineered for use with Ampere™ eMAG™-based EVK platform and the Cavium ThunderX2® processor. For the latest hardware validated for Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 (aarch64) please refer to the Hardware Certification List at https://linux.oracle.com/hardware-certifications. Hardware is listed as it becomes available.

    This ISO image can be loaded from local media, such as DVD-ROM or USB flash drive, or can be used to perform a network-based kickstart installation via PXE. If you perform a network-based installation and you wish to access the graphical interface for the installer, you must change kernel boot parameters to enable VNC and to set the network address at boot.

You can install additional software for Oracle Linux 7 by subscribing to the different channels on ULN or by enabling the required repositories within your yum configuration. To explore the channels that are available to you on ULN, log in to https://uln.oracle.com/ and view the Channels option. To view the Oracle Linux yum repositories that are available for Oracle Linux 7, visit https://yum.oracle.com/oracle-linux-7.html.

Note

The Oracle Linux yum server does not provide equivalent repositories for some channels that are available on ULN. These channels provide non-open source packages.

UEK R5 is the default boot kernel for fresh installations of Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 (aarch64). UEK R5 is the only supported kernel available for the aarch64 platform. For more information, see Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel: Release Notes for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5.