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Now a year old, Linaro Linux effort begins to deliver

Katherine Noyes, PC World | May 30, 2011
It was just about a year ago that IBM, Samsung, ARM and others formed Linaro, the not-for-profit organization that aims to make it easier for developers to use Linux on ARM-based devices, and over the past few weeks the group has made several announcements that reveal some of the fruits of its labors.

"Linaro is essential to the continued expansion of open source software on the ARM architecture," said Steve George, vice president of business development at Canonical. "As a member of the Linaro Partner Program, we ensure it's quick and easy to develop and use the best open source technologies on ARM."


'Easier, Faster and Less Expensive'

The Origen development board from Linaro and Samsung, meanwhile, gives software developers low-cost access to the high-performance Exynos mobile computing platform with features including the latest multicore Cortex-A9 CPU and multicore Mali400 GPU with 1GB of high end DDR3 memory.

Aimed at developers of tablets, smartphones and other connected screens, the Origen board will be priced at $199. Linaro will provide source code downloads of its evaluation builds of Android and Ubuntu on its website.

"The Origen board and Linaro's provision of software and tools makes it easier, faster and less expensive for developers and companies to develop high-end embedded Linux products," said George Grey, Linaro's CEO.

Bottom line? A year into Linaro's efforts, it looks like the group is starting to make a real difference in the world of embedded Linux development. It won't be long before consumers and business users begin to feel the positive effects of that work.


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