ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung and others launch Linaro to push Linux for ARM-based devices

A number of technology companies working with ARM-based processors have joined together to create a new non-profit organization called Linaro. What does Linaro do? Basically, the goal of the group is to develop and distribute technology that will make it easier for device makers to put Linux on ARM-based products including phones, netbooks, tablets and other devices.

Don’t expect to see a Linaro Linux distribution competing with MeeGo or Ubuntu Netbook Edition anytime soon. Instead, Linaro is working on kernel optimizations and other software tools that will make it easier for others to load Linux-based environments on ARM-based systems. In fact, Canonical is working with Linaro as an engineering partner, although the organization points out that the goal is to make as many Linux distributions as possible work on ARM-powered devices, not just Ubuntu.

Theoretically, that could mean we’ll start to see new devices with innovative software using some of Linaro’s technology some time after the group launches its first set of tools this November.

The groups that are involved with Linaro so far include ARM, Frescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments.

via Laptop Magazine

  • Mace Moneta

    The issue with ARM platforms is that they make PCs look like a pristine standard. It's like the wild west days before the 'IBM PC standard'. Everything from unique booting systems to 'binary blobs' all over the customized software. Until these manufacturers open and standardize the platform enough to allow a user to download and install an arbitrary distribution as they can on an x86/x86_64 platform today, these consortiums are of no value to consumers.