Allwinner manufactures ARM-based chips used in tablets, TV boxes, and other low-power devices. While most of those products ship with Google Android software, developers have been porting Ubuntu and other Linux-based operating systems to run on devices with Allwinner chips for years, and the chip maker has been providing some source code and documentation to help.
Linaro is a non-profit working to bring Linux to ARM-based hardware and the team offers builds of Android, Ubuntu, and OpenEmbedded for a variety of ARM-based systems and chipsets.
Allwinner’s not exactly the first chip maker to join Linaro. ARM, AMD, Broadcomm, Freescale, HiSilicon, Marvell, Qualcomm, Samsung, and STMicroelectronics are all listed as members.
But as Allwinner prepares to launch its first octa-core processor, it’s interesting to see the company commit to open source development.