What is New in Photon OS 3.0

Photon OS 3.0 introduces support for ARM64 (Raspberry Pi 3), installer improvements, and up-to-date OSS packages including Linux kernel, systemd and glibc.



  • Support for Raspberry Pi 3 pre-built image and the ability to build new images in the image builder.

Installer Updates

  • Ability to run the installer from multiple media, such as USB, CDROM, and Kickstart, on a wider range of storage devices.

Package and Binary Maintenance

  • Cloud-ready images for rapid deployment on Microsoft Azure (new), Google Compute Engine (GCE), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and VMware products (vSphere, Fusion, and Workstation)
  • New package versions for the following base OS packages:
    • Linux kernel 4.18
    • Glibc 2.28
    • systemd 239
    • Python3 3.7
    • Openjdk :, and
  • Up-to-date versions for most packages available in the repository.
  • Ability to support multiple versions of the same package (For example, go-1.9 and go-1.10).
  • Support for new packages including EdgeX, Liota, linux-firmware, wpa-supplicant for WLAN, consul, meson, and so on.

Known Issues

  • The OVA does not deploy on Workstation 14 but works on later and earlier versions.
  • The Dialog package cannot be installed in 3.0.
  • Not all packages in the x86-64 repo are available for ARM64. Notable ones include mysql, mariadb and dotnet libraries.

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