openSUSE is pleased to announce the first Release Candidate for openSUSE 12.2 on the ARM architecture. Since the openSUSE Conference in 2011, the openSUSE ARM team has managed to bring up openSUSE ARM from nothing to a truly usable and functional distribution on the ARM version 7 architecture.
Andrew Wafaa, who continues to be heavily involved in the openSUSE-on-ARM initiative and now works for the UK CPU designer, remarks: "It was a fast and hard ride. Supporting a new architecture is always a lot of work, especially one as diverse and versatile as ARM's, but with the right tools and the right help it is possible to do it in record time!"
*Hardware and device support* This release focusses on ARMv7 with the Cortex-A profile from ARM Ltd. Due to the complicated landscape of ARM devices, only a subset is supported at the moment: Texas Instruments’ OMAP3 & OMAP4, Marvell ArmadaXP 510 and Freescale I.MX51; the supported devices running with these SoCs are the Beagleboard, Beagleboard-xM, Pandaboard, Pandaboard-ES and the EfikaMX smarttop/smartbook. There is also an image for the VersatileExpress which is suitable for use in Qemu as well as a generic root file system tarball that users and developers may use to help bring up unsupported devices.
*More information* Downloads can be found at . Find information about supported boards at  and how-to's at . If you'd like to get involved in the openSUSE ARM efforts, read  and have a look at our tasks on Trello .
Most collaboration takes place through the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list and the IRC channel #opensuse-arm on Freenode.net.
*Thanks* The team builds upon OBS, Qemu and KIWI as main technologies and is grateful for the support and sponsorship from Texas Instruments/Pandaboard Project, Genesi,ARM and the wider openSUSE Community.
Find the the openSUSE News article with more details at http://news.opensuse.org/?p=14138
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