Linaro announces the formation of the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG). Linaro is a not-for-profit engineering organization that develops open source software for ARM architecture.
Linaro also announced that AMD, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell, and Red Hat have become Linaro members. According to the announcement, the collaboration of industry leaders through LEG will result in decreased time to market and lower development costs, among other benefits. LEG’s initial focus will be on low-level Linux boot architecture and kernel software for use in in developing new energy-efficient ARM-based 32- and 64-bit servers. The announcement states that Linaro expects initial software delivery before the end of 2012.
“Linux is driving innovation in every area of computing from mobile and embedded to the cloud. Linaro’s enterprise efforts will bring together software engineers to help accelerate Linux development for ARM servers, and we’re confident that this new server-focused group will advance Linux in these areas and offer additional choices to Linux users around the world.” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation.
Linaro was established in 2010 by founding members ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments, and its aim is to provide software and tools that make it easier to develop Linux-based products. Linaro’s software focus is in the areas of multimedia, graphics, power management, kernel, and boot. For more information, please visit: http://www.linaro.org/linux-on-arm.
Announced today, the open source community will be able to buy the Snowball development boards that use ST-Ericsson's AP9500 chipset and run free open source software and tools that have been optimized by Linaro.