LINUX ENGINEERING OUTFIT Linaro revealed a number of big name backers in its quest to pre-package Linux to speed up adoption.
Linaro added HP, Canonical, the Limo Foundation, Montavista and GENIVI to its already impressive roster of industry partners. The fab five have become advisors to the organisation, which includes Linux heavyweights, IBM and Texas Instruments (TI).
The job of advisors such as HP and IBM is to advise Linaro on what industry wants from Linux. In turn, Linaro's job is to help those who develop for system-on-chip (SoC) create software by providing a stable 'base' upon which developers can build applications.
In an interview with The INQUIRER, Linaro said it wants to reduce the cost of development on the ARM architecture by taking care of the low-level work. It wants to reduce the fragmentation found in Linux distributions, for instance with kernel versions, that can cause operational uncertainty among developers.
Through greater cooperation between vendors, whether they be architecture vendors such as ARM and TI, software outfits such as Ubuntu producer, Canonical, or users such as IBM and HP, Linaro believes collaboration will increase the chances of Linux increasing its market share.
So as the number of its advisors grows, it is likely Linaro will become an even bigger, albeit largely unseen, player in the world of Linux. µ
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