When it comes to operating systems for the TI OMAP4 PandaBoard and PandaBoard ES, Ubuntu Linux is usually the winner for several reasons. However, with last month's release of Fedora 17 for ARM, how is the Red Hat sponsored distribution running on these ARM development boards?
Here's an overview of my experiences when running the latest Ubuntu and Fedora releases on the ARM Cortex A9 development hardware along with Arch Linux. There are also benchmarks comparing the ARM Linux performance.
Thanks in part to Linaro, the Ubuntu support for the Texas Instruments OMAP3 and OMAP4 platforms is in great shape. For Ubuntu ARM there's daily install images of Ubuntu that can be easily loaded on these OMAP ARM development boards and all around things generally "just work" when running Ubuntu on the dual-core ARM hardware. The official Ubuntu releases are also available for the OMAP3 and OMAP4 platforms that can be easily copied to an SD/SDHC card and then easily booted.