ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have created the not-for-profit company, Linaro, committed to providing new resources and industry alignment for open source software developers using Linux on System-on-Chips (SoCs).
Linaro will invest resources in open source projects that can then be used by Linux-based distributions such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS.
Linaro will provide a stable and optimized base for distributions and developers by creating new releases of optimized tools, kernel and middleware software validated for a wide range of SoCs, every six months.
The base of software and tools will be applicable to a wide range of markets, helping reduce time-to-market for products such as smart phones, tablets, digital televisions, automotive entertainment and enterprise equipment.
Linaro’s first software and tools release is due out in November 2010.
How it is different from Android, MeeGo etc:
Linaro software and tools provide a common software foundation for the industry to use with multiple software stacks and distributions. Linaro software and tools focus on areas that interact directly with the silicon. Distributions such as Android and Ubuntu provide the full user experience whereas Linaro enhances the upstream projects directly and provides useful components to any downstream distributions that wish to leverage the work done by Linaro.
Linaro focuses on low level software. Applications will need to be written for the target distribution that lands on top of Linaro e.g. LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu etc.