Linaro has released a new version of its Linaro open source Linux tools, kernel, and middleware stack for ARM Cortex-based consumer electronics. Based on the Linux 3.0.3 kernel and GCC 4.6 toolchain, Linaro 11.08 offers Android and Ubuntu images for the BeagleBoard-xM, Pandaboard, Snowball, and Samsung Origen development boards, plus a new build for the Freescale i.MX53 board....
Linaro announced an open-platform $199 & Origen& development board made by InSignal that incorporates Samsung's dual-core Cortex-A9 Exynos 4210 processor, a Mali400 GPU, and Linaro open source Linux and Android BSPs.
ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have formed a non-profit company, Linaro, to promote Linux-based distributions such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS in a wide range of devices from cellphones to automotive and enterprise systems.
When many of us think of Linux, we think of our own roll-your-own deployments of it on our own devices, but there is a fast-growing trend toward powerful companies with commercial interests driving desktop and server systems that run Linux.
Facebook, Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard and the other companies backing Linaro's initiative are going to develop Linux OS software for the next generation of ARM-based servers, which should result in low cost but powerful dedicated servers with all the flexibility that comes with Linux. Linux, of course, is already a phenomenon on the dedicated servers market.
ARM Holdings and five semiconductor manufacturers have formed a not-for-profit engineering firm to develop standardized, open source Linux tools, kernel, and middleware software for consumer electronics.