Thursday, June 03, 2010

Tech Giants Back Linux Form Linaro

Six major tech companies have decided to join forces to boost Linux forming Linaro - a Software foundations for an open digital world.

Linaro, backed by mega hitters ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, is a none profit organizations whose goal is to bring together the open source community and the electronics industry to work on key projects. The main focus will be delivering great tools utilizing Linux-based distributions such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS.

Linaro will work with the growing number of Linux distributions to create regular releases of optimized tools and foundation software that can be used widely by the industry, increasing compatibility across semiconductors from multiple suppliers. As a result, Linaro's resources and open source solutions will allow device manufacturers to speed up development time, improve performance and reduce engineering time spent on non-differentiating, low-level software. Linux distributions, open source and proprietary software projects will benefit from Linaro's investment, with more stable code becoming widely available as a common base for innovation.

To further its mission, Linaro aims to unite the open source engineering resources within its member firms with the broad open source community. Linaro engineers, leveraging their extensive embedded knowledge, will contribute to a wide range of open source projects covering areas such as tools, kernel, graphics and boot code. Linaro intends to work in partnership with the Linux Foundation to align on core operating principles.

The company's first release is planned for November 2010 and will provide performance optimizations for SoCs based on the ARM CortexTM-A processor family.

Read more in the full Linaro Press Release

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