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Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape

Jun 24, 2010, 00:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"The ARM processor family is a complicated one, with many different variations, leading to large numbers of separate sub-architectures in the Linux kernel. A quick glance at the ARM directory in a recent kernel tree shows nearly 70 different sub-architectures, each corresponding to a different CPU or system-on-chip (SoC). That complexity has made it harder to develop new products for new or existing ARM devices. A new organization that was formed by six silicon vendors, Linaro, seeks to simplify that landscape, and allow easier—faster—development of ARM-Linux-based products.

"Linaro was announced on June 3 as a non-profit company founded by ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments that intends to "provide a stable and optimized base for distributions and developers by creating new releases of optimized tools, kernel and middleware software validated for a wide range of SoCs, every six months." That six-month schedule aligns with Ubuntu's—the first release is due in November, one month after Ubuntu 10.10—and Canonical will be heavily involved in the effort. Linaro already has a project in Launchpad, Canonical's software collaboration platform, and it will seemingly take the place of Ubuntu-ARM."

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