Pidora, Raspberry Pi’s Unfortunately Named Fedora Remix


Today the Fedora Project officially unveiled Pidora, a remixed version of the Fedora GNU/Linux distribution targeted for everyone’s favorite low-cost ARM board, the Raspberry Pi.

Pidora 18 (Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix) Release

We're excited to announce the release of Pidora 18 --
an optimized Fedora Remix for the Raspberry Pi.
It is based on a brand new build of Fedora for the ARMv6
architecture with greater speed and includes packages
from the Fedora 18 package set.

* * *

There are some interesting new features we'd like to highlight:
* Almost all of the Fedora 18 package set available via yum
    (thousands of packages were built from the official Fedora
    repository and made available online)
* Compiled specifically to take advantage of the hardware already
    built into the Raspberry Pi
* Graphical firstboot configuration (with additional modules
    specifically made for the Raspberry Pi)
* Compact initial image size (for fast downloads) and auto-resize
    (for maximum storage afterwards)
* Auto swap creation available to allow for larger memory usage
* C, Python, & Perl programming languages available & included
    in the SD card image
* Initial release of headless mode can be used with setups
    lacking a monitor or display
* IP address information can be read over the speakers and
    flashed with the LED light
* For graphical operation, Gedit text editor can be used with
    plugins (python console, file manager, syntax highlighting)
    to serve as a mini-graphical IDE
* For console operation, easy-to-use text editors are included
    (nled, nano, vi) plus Midnight Commander for file management
* Includes libraries capable of supporting external hardware
    such as motors and robotics (via GPIO, I2C, SPI)

Pidora Release Announcement

Who you callin’ a Pidora?

Unfortunately, while Pidora looks to be a very interesting distribution for the Raspberry Pi, with many features taking advantage of the board’s unique properties, the Fedora team made one critical error during its development: they forgot to Google their intended name.

As it turns out, Pidora has a rather embarrassing meaning to some members of the community: in Russian, “pidora” is a derogatory word for a male homosexual. It’s closest translation into English would be “faggot”.

This coincidence was pointed out immediately via various social networks, and most users seemed to accept it as a fluke. Still, the Pidora maintainers have felt the situation serious enough to add a page to the official Wiki about it:

It has come to our attention that the Pidora name bears an unfortunate similarity to another word in Russian, and this has offended some community members and amused others.

Please accept our apologies for any offence caused. Our goal was to simply associate “Pi” (from Raspberry Pi) and “Fedora” (from the Fedora Project).

We are actively seeking a broadly-acceptable alternative Russian name in consultation with some community members, and will post more information shortly.

-Chris Tyler

Pidora Wiki

It will be interesting to see how this is handled moving forward, as releasing Pidora under a completely different name in Russia seems both awkward and ineffectual.

About Tom Nardi

Tom is a Network Engineer with focus on GNU/Linux and open source software. He is a frequent submitter to "2600", and maintains a personal site of his projects and areas of research at: .