Snappy RPi2 stable image #3 now available

Niklas Wenzel nikwen.developer at
Thu Jul 2 21:01:25 UTC 2015

Thanks for finally adding this to your roadmap!

Am Do, 18. Jun, 2015 um 7:52 schrieb Niklas Wenzel 
<nikwen.developer at>:
> Hi Ricardo,
> Thank you for your reply. :)
> Would it be possible to allocate some resources on one of the 
> Canonical servers to host a system-image server? Even if the images 
> weren't built automatically, it would help a lot if we didn't have to 
> reflash our devices every time a new image is available. Since most 
> of you are uploading the files to anyway, it 
> would additionally save bandwith as we would only have to download 
> the diffs.
> If we had an image server, most people (including me) would probably 
> not even mind if there was official support for the Pi or not...
> Cheers,
> Niklas
> 2015-06-18 13:51 GMT+02:00 Ricardo Salveti de Araujo 
> <ricardo.salveti at>:
>> On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 2:56 PM, Niklas Wenzel
>> <nikwen.developer at> wrote:
>> > Hi Oliver,
>> >
>> > Thank you very much for your reply. Just to get that right: I 
>> didn't want to
>> > criticize your work in any way!
>> > I just think that if a post on a company's blog talks about a "very
>> > successful collaboration" between two companies or organizations, 
>> it implies
>> > that there is official support. That being said, I have to say 
>> that I'm
>> > pretty disappointed by the marketing department promising things 
>> which
>> > aren't met.
>> As a result of the collaboration between both sides we now have a
>> working snappy ubuntu core image for it, the main question remains
>> regarding the official support for the board.
>> The problem we have is that the current kernel we use for RPi2 is not
>> the upstream one, and maintaining a separated tree is quite a bit of
>> work. For the other targets we have (like beaglebone) it is a lot
>> easier since we can just use the upstream generic kernel that the
>> kernel team already maintains and publishes (the same tree you use on
>> your desktop), so it's just a matter of providing a build for it.
>> Since we're not currently doing the upstreaming work for the kernel
>> tree (so it could also be produced from the same generic tree we 
>> use),
>> and not pushing security/stable updates for it (but instead creating
>> builds once we get updates from
>> from time to time), we're not saying it's officially supported. As
>> Ogra also said earlier, we'd also need to have all the bits and 
>> pieces
>> available in the archive, and then have the resulted binaries 
>> imported
>> by our system-image server (having it all upstream would make it a 
>> lot
>> easier since we'd just be consuming the packages that are already in
>> the archive).
>> As the kernel snap is not available via the official channels 
>> (because
>> what I described above), we can't enable updates without causing
>> possible issues at the image side. But, you can still use the
>> pre-built images and install/update the snaps that are available in
>> the store (and use it for snappy related development).
>> >> it is a community maintained image even though most maintainers 
>> work for
>> >> canonical in this scenario ... once all bits and pieces are in the
>> >> respective mainline branches i suspect we will also get officially
>> >> supported images on the system-image server (or in the snap store 
>> after
>> >> we moved snappy away from system-image one day).
>> >>
>> >> and with that said, it would actually be cool to have more 
>> community
>> >> people involved into maintaining this community image (hint hint) 
>> ;)
>> >
>> > Would you mind elaborating which kind of work you want us to do?
>> > How long do you think will it take until the Raspberry Pi 2 will be
>> > officially supported?
>> From what I see there are 2 fronts:
>> 1 - Helping improving and maintaining the image we currently have (by
>> helping fixing known issues, testing, and so on);
>> 2 - Working to help upstreaming the remaining kernel changes for it 
>> to
>> work fully based on upstream (requires kernel development 
>> experience).
>> You can find a bit more information on that at
>> Sorry for the confusion.
>> Thanks,
>> --
>> Ricardo Salveti de Araujo
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