Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 21:42 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Another mobile Linux consortium? Yup, another mobile Linux consortium. "ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, today announced the formation of Linaro, a not-for-profit open source software engineering company dedicated to enhancing open source innovation for the next wave of always-connected, always-on computing. Linaro's work will help developers and manufacturers provide consumers with more choice, more responsive devices and more diverse applications on Linux-based systems."
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Its a good thing (TM)
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 22:09 UTC
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The summary sounds as if they want to create a whole new linux distro. In reality, their providing additional programming & funding muscle for existing linux based mobile targeted Linux distros

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.

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RE: Its a good thing (TM)
by leech on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 23:02 UTC in reply to "Its a good thing (TM)"
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The summary sounds as if they want to create a whole new linux distro. In reality, their providing additional programming & funding muscle for existing linux based mobile targeted Linux distros

"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.
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That's freaking awesome! By the title I was thinking 'Oh crap, another one? More ammo for the "too many distros" camp'. But this is very good news.

But actually the first thought I had was.... Wow, did Apple piss a lot of big name companies off, or what? ;)

Really, the Linux World (is there such a thing?) should have done this a long time ago, gone after the embedded and small device market. I know there have been attempts before, but I've always figured that this would be the only way that Linux as a name could really get out to the mass of people, since Microsoft is installed by default on the majority of all computers. With Linux being installed on so many phones by default, it will have a lot more mind share in the public eyes.

Well done by all involved.

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RE[2]: Its a good thing (TM)
by _QJ_ on Fri 4th Jun 2010 16:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Its a good thing (TM)"
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2009-03-12

As an embedded system engineer, I can tell one thing.

In fact, Linux is almost everywhere.
You just simply don't see it.

Look, your Computer screen, your TV, your microwave oven, sat decoders, coffie machine, etc, etc. Almost everything which present you a menu on a LCD in fact.
OK it is not 100% of devices running Linux, but it is pretty good in term of market shares.

But I guess, for the small mobile computing, I share your point of view, Linux should have more "market shares".
;-)

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RE: Its a good thing (TM)
by vivainio on Fri 4th Jun 2010 05:38 UTC in reply to "Its a good thing (TM)"
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2008-12-26

The summary sounds as if they want to create a whole new linux distro. In reality, their providing additional programming & funding muscle for existing linux based mobile targeted Linux distros


Right. We should celebrate, not complain about the influx of millions of dollars on development of the OS we love (for some definitions of "we"), and components thereof.

The money will benefit the whole ecosystem, including desktop users. Increased mindshare is even a bigger plus.

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Woah woah woah.... what?
by BigDaddy on Fri 4th Jun 2010 13:00 UTC
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From the article

Traditionally, the Linux and open-source software communities focused on solving the software problems of enterprise and computing markets with a limited choice of processor platforms.

Limited choice of platforms? Linux runs on everything for christs sake!

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:)
by poundsmack on Fri 4th Jun 2010 18:41 UTC
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"ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, today announced the formation of Linaro..."

This was actually plan B for them. Initially they attempted to form Voltron, but after a few catastrophic failures (one literally leaving Voltron with 2 left feet), the consortium decided it would just be easier to support Linux...

Edited 2010-06-04 18:42 UTC

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Comment by kkedacic
by kkedacic on Mon 7th Jun 2010 00:05 UTC
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"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."

Anyone know will they invest in stuff related to Maemo Linux?

Edited 2010-06-07 00:05 UTC

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RE: Comment by kkedacic
by dragos.pop on Mon 7th Jun 2010 09:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by kkedacic"
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2010-01-08

"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."

Anyone know will they invest in stuff related to Maemo Linux?


Well MeeGo is the new Maemo somehow. And you got it wrong. They create software that can help any ARM distro. Those were just giving some examples.

Where they will invest is on software, tools and kernel optimizations for ARM, every distribution that compiles Linux for ARM will be able to use them.

I would say that Maemo is included, but by the time Linaro will have something, development on Maemo should be dead and replaced by MeeGo.

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