Linaro completes first year with demonstrations of Linaro Evaluation Builds for Android and Ubuntu and introduction of new partner program
Milestone highlights Linaro delivering on its promise to make it easier and quicker to develop open source products
CAMBRIDGE, UK - Linaro, a not-for-profit open source software engineering company, marked its first anniversary with demonstrations at Linaro Developer Summit and Computex of the latest open source software running on its members latest hardware and the announcement of the Linaro Partner Program, an initiative designed to help companies and organisations get involved with Linaro’s engineering effort.
Linaro was launched at Computex 2010 by ARM, IBM, Freescale, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and TI with the mission to create an open source engineering organisation that provides aligned engineering and investment into open source projects, reduce fragmentation, increase optimisation and make it easier for OEMs and ODMs to develop Linux based products.
- Over this first year Linaro has built up a team of over 100 talented open source developers that have worked on the open source Linux platform on member chips and delivered code upstream that benefits all Linux based distributions.
- The latest tools, code and optimizations have been used to create Linaro Evaluation Builds for Android and Ubuntu making it easier for device manufacturers to use Linaro’s engineering.
- To help device makers get to market more quickly Linaro have focused on delivering product quality software and created the Linaro Automated Validation Architecture (LAVA) platform which runs on a test-farm of member low cost boards.
The demonstrations at LDS showed the Android and Ubuntu LEBs for the first time and will be extended further at Computex to include new hardware that will be launched at the show.
“The demonstration of Android and Ubuntu Linaro Evaluation Builds and the development of the validation test farm are tangible proof points of the progress Linaro has made on delivering on its mission”, said George Grey, CEO Linaro. “We have delivered consolidation and performance features upstream, worked with our members on support for their latest SoCs, created optimized implementations of popular distributions and focused on the development and testing of product quality software for the benefit of our members.”
To enable companies and organisations to get involved with Linaro’s engineering team a new partner program is announced today. The Linaro Partner Program will enable ISVs, Software Service Providers and device manufacturers the ability to embed engineers in Linaro and work together on projects of common interest. This alignment with Linaro will be beneficial to both sides, extending the engineering effort available to Linaro and enabling the sponsoring companies to work with a larger team or build profitable businesses around Linaro’s roadmap.
“A year ago, Linaro was formed to enhance open source innovation for the next wave of always-connected, always-on computing,” said COO Stephen Doel. “Today, as we turn 1 year old, we are pleased to share our major achievements as we announce Linaro’s Partner Program that will continue to accelerate the depth of engagement from electronics companies and encourage continuous involvement from the wider community.”
At launch the Linaro Partners include Thundersoft, Canonical, Mentor, Genesi and Collabora. The announcement of the Linaro Partner Program caps off a year of achievements that have delivered on the organization’s stated charter to create a common foundation for open source software and tools for multiple distributions that can be widely used throughout the industry. Companies interested in aligning with Linaro and joining the Linaro Partner Program should contact the management team. To follow Linaro’s engineering progress an up-to-date status report can be found at http://status.linaro.org
"Over the last year, Linaro has succeeded by helping make it easier and quicker to bring open source based devices to market," said James McNiven, Vice President of Software Alliances, ARM. "Linaro has demonstrated the efficiencies that can be achieved by adopting a co-ordinated approach to open source and working closely with the ARM Partner community."
"Linaro in conjunction with its other partners of which IBM is one, has been building out a comprehensive ecosystem to enable developers to deliver next-generation software for the mobile segment," said Mark Ireland, Vice President of IBM Semiconductor Products & Services and Linaro Club Director. "Advanced silicon process technology for low power system-on-a-chip designs and software are being used to create solutions optimized for the ARM architecture through the IBM Process Technology alliance."
“At TI, we strive to create innovative technologies that revolutionize the way people interact with each other and the outside world,” said Ari Rauch, Senior director of software and system engineering, OMAP products, wireless business unit, TI. “With this pursuit in mind, we are extremely proud to be a part of the Linaro team, and we congratulate the organization on this one-year milestone. We look forward to many more years to come, as we work together to unleash new successes in the Embedded-Linux community via proven ARM-based architectures, including TI’s OMAP™ processors.”
“As a member, we are thrilled to see the great achievements of Linaro after just one year of operations, said Teppo Hemia , vice president, head of Application Engine and Platform Business Unit of ST-Ericsson. By working in a true open source way, Linaro has made impressive enhancements to the ARM Linux code base which will significantly reduce time to market and investment for OEMs and ODMs. ST-Ericsson is a strong supporter of this approach and has recently, together with partners, launched the Igloo Community and Snowball board as an open source development platform which will fully benefit from the work of Linaro.”
"Linaro is delivering on the goal of quickening time to market for our i.MX processors,” said Glen Burchers, Consumer and Industrial Segment Marketing Director for Freescale Semiconductor. “Our customers now have confidence that the Linux mainline kernel is up to date with the latest Freescale code submissions."
Linaro Partner Quotes
"ThunderSoft is pleased to see many common system requirements being addressed in Linaro project. By joining the Linaro Partner Program, ThunderSoft is better armed to deliver the ARM-based software solution to our customers more solidly and more efficiently,” said Duan ZhiQiang, CTO Thundersoft
“Linaro is essential to the continued expansion of open source software on the ARM architecture. As a member of the Linaro Partner Programme, we ensure it's quick and easy to develop and use the best open source technologies on ARM. We're pleased to be working with Linaro ensuring great products can be built using Linaro technologies in Ubuntu. ” said Steve George, VP Business Development at Canonical
"Linaro is an innovative model for advancing open-source technology on the ARM architecture," said Glenn Perry, General Manager of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. "CodeSourcery, which Mentor Graphics acquired in November 2010, was chosen by Linaro at its inception to assist in developing the GNU toolchain upon Linaro's inception. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Linaro as we are pursue our goal of developing products that simplify and accelerate embedded Linux development."
“In its first year, Linaro has proven to a be dynamic and progressive organization. We are confident that Linaro will contribute significantly to the ARM ecosystem in the years to come and we look forward to being involved,” said Raquel Velasco, Chairman of Genesi
"Linaro's focus on delivering improvements upstream perfectly complements Collabora's emphasis on the commercial benefits of effective open source participation," says Robert McQueen, CTO & co-founder of Collabora. "We're really pleased to align our R&D investment with Linaro's goals and help them build on the progress they've made in the past year."
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