Open source ARM tools get boost from suppliers

linaro-logo.jpgLinaro, the multi-supplier group optimising Linux tools for ARM platforms, received a boost at ARM Techcon in Santa Clara last week, writes Richard Wilson.

Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments all showed multiple open source distributions running on multiple SoCs using code or tools that have been modified by Linaro.

“The demonstrations show the latest ARM based SoCs running multiple distributions and built with software or tools that have benefited from Linaro’s aligned engineering,” said George Grey, CEO of Linaro.

Linaro’s 70 developers have been working on improving development tools and consolidating Linux kernel SoC support for the latest ARM Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A8 based chips.

One of the aims of the not-for-profit open source software engineering company, it seems, is to make it easier for open-source software and operating systems to be run on a wider range of processor architectures.

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