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Linux Embeds Itself Yet Further

Dec 14, 2010, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"One of the many confusingly-similar groups in the open source space is Linaro:

"a Not For Profit (NFP) organization that aims to make embedded open source development easier and faster. Linaro will create a common software foundation for software stacks and distributions to land on and provide the best open source tools for developers to develop on. The focus is on low level software around the Linux kernel that touches the silicon, key pieces of middleware that enable new markets and tools that help the developer write and debug code. Linaro aims to maximize the potential of the latest features of ARM-based processors, helping provide optimized performance in a lower power envelope.

"Despite that infelicitous "power envelope" stuff, Linaro is important for two main reasons. First, it focusses on ARM processors which means that it's building up a second ecosystem alongside the mainstream Intel-based one (the fact that ARM is designed by a British company is also rather nice.) Secondly, and perhaps more crucially, it is aiming squarely at the embedded sector."

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