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ARM, Freescale and Texas Instruments form Linux Networking Group

To push Linux in network infrastructure
Thu Feb 21 2013, 19:18
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LINUX PROMOTER Linaro has announced that it formed a Linux Networking Group with ARM, Freescale and Texas Instruments among others to push the development of Linux based networking infrastructure.

Linaro, which acts as a developer and hub for firms wanting to put Linux in their products, has put together a Linux Networking Group. The group consists mainly of chip vendors, including ARM, Freescale, LSI and Texas Instruments along with network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens. Its purpose is to research and develop Linux based network infrastructure equipment.

With firms looking to place greater intelligence in network infrastructure equipment, chip vendors such as Freescale and Texas Instruments are having to step up and provide faster silicon to cope with deep packet inspection and other resource intensive, performance critical tasks.

Linaro said that the member companies of the Linix Networking Group will collaborate to develop and optimise silicon, hardware systems and Linux based software to help deploy network infrastructure equipment that runs Linux.

George Grey, CEO of Linaro said, "The strength of the ARM community is in working together and innovating. We are very pleased to host the new Linaro Networking Group software engineering team, focused on consolidating and optimizing common software for networking equipment applications using ARM SoCs. We look forward to working with SoC [system on chip] vendors, equipment manufacturers and members of the software ecosystem in building and maintaining world-class open source foundation software for this market."

Linaro said that it expects to see initial software releases from the Linux Networking Group in the first half of 2013, followed by monthly releases. µ


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