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Linaro Navigates ARM Flotilla on Linux Seas

Nov 16, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"In the open source world, leading off an elevator pitch with a line like "six industry giants ARM, IBM, Texas Instruments, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Freescale founded a not-for-profit open source engineering organization..." is just bound to start an argument.

"After all, there are elements within the open source community who eschew large corporate players with the same enthusiasm devoted to avoiding the plague. At best, even the least cynical among the community might flinch a bit at such a weighty pronouncement. Not just one industry giant, but six?

"And yet, that's what Linaro is about, and they're proud of it.

"At first blush, Linaro comes across as yet-another-embedded consortium trying to get their version of hardware/software standards more firmly placed in the marketplace. Superficially, that seems a fair assessment, but take another look and you've really got an organization that's waded into the trenches of embedded Linux and is trying to make sense of it all."

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