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Universal Core Gains NVIDIA Support

Universal Core is a Universal Blue custom image of Fedora CoreOS.

While Universal Blue has been receiving much attention on the desktop; Universal Core (ucore) has been quietly growing its own set of features for the server side of things.

Announcing NVIDIA Support

Today we get to announce a long awaited feature: ucore finally has images available with NVIDIA drivers built in!

As one of our oldest feature requests, which also happend to be created on April 1st, some probably wondered if it was an April Fools Day joke. But no, 6 months later, the feature has landed.

NVIDIA for a Homelab

What could this feature provide a CoreOS/ucore user with an NVIDIA card?

Typically its going to be one of:

  • CUDA for AI, or other GPU accelerated workloads
  • transcoding video, especially useful for users lacking newer Intel GPUs with QuickSync

FrigateNVR is a great example of a self-hostable open source project which can use both video transcode capabilities and compute capabilities to power a smart home camera solution.


What's actually included with this "NVIDIA feature"?

  1. nvidia kernel driver
  2. nvidia-container-toolkit
    • CoreOS is focussed on container workloads, and to use NVIDIA on containers, you need their toolkit.
    • The latest version is installed here which simultaneously supports both root and rootless containers.
    • Both podman and docker can be used.
  3. nvidia container selinux policy
    • NVIDIA's toolkit docs give examples of running with SELinux disabled on the container: podman run --security-opt label=disable ubuntu nvidia-smi but some users may want more security.
    • This policy can preserve other SELinux protections while still providing access to the GPU: podman run --security-opt label=type:nvidia_container_t ubuntu nvidia-smi

Older GPUs

If you need an older (or different) driver, there are other ways to install a driver. Our approach is meant to be the easiest for the widest group of users.

Non-NVIDIA Features

Universal Core has plenty to offer even if you don't run NVIDIA GPUs in your server, want to host virtual machines, or even run it in a virtual machine!

Here's a quick summary of what we have to offer:

ucore images add the following to CoreOS:

ucore-hci builds upon ucore to provide "hyper-converged infrastructure". These images add more hardware/driver support, more storage tools, and virtualization(hypervisor) support:

Testers Wanted!

There's still feature requests in the pipeline and opportunities to contribute. Just using ucore and providing feedback is incredibly helpful!

If you are interested in using something like Universal Blue, but on a server, take a look at ucore today.