Wind River releases the graphical Linux 4, Update Pack 2

Wind River has announced the immediate availability of Wind River Linux 4, Update Pack 2 – with graphics support to the forefront.

“As deeply embedded devices become more connected and complex, there is an increasing move towards richer graphics and more sophisticated user interfaces across a wide range of industries. We’re rising to meet this need with the industry’s first commercial embedded Linux to provide a pre-integrated hardware-through-middleware graphics stack for multiple hardware platforms,” said Paul Anderson, vp of marketing and strategy for Linux products at Wind River.

The graphics stack includes GTK, Qt, X.Org and the Wind River Tilcon Graphics Suite. Wind River says it works out of the box with the latest hardware and graphics drivers such as: Intel Embedded Media and Graphics Driver on Intel Atom processor with OpenGL and PowerVR driver on Texas Instruments’ (TI) AM35x, AM37x, AM389x TI Sitara ARM microprocessors and OMAP35x processors with OpenGL ES.

Other features of the release highlighted by Wind River include:
•       Web 2.0 Cross Web Development Toolkit (to enables developers to debug, deploy and test directly on targets using HTML/Javascript and web page rendering languages)

•       Qt Development Toolkit (optimised for embedded development, intended to increase productivity, reduce costs and shorten time to market)

•       New security features (including strongSWAN, an open source VPN solution that improves IP security; and a new SEEdit feature that gives users simplified language for creating and editing the security policies).

•       Workbench enhancements and new tools for Linux developers

The company says Linux Standard Base (LSB) certification assures compatibility with all LSB-compliant third-party applications.

“Wind River’s introduction of a fully integrated graphics stack delivers significant benefits to customers and enables important open source technologies for the industry,” said Vasu Jakkal, senior marketing manager of low power embedded software, Intel. “With Intel’s Embedded Media and Graphics Driver, the latest release of Wind River Linux will give device manufacturers across a wide range of market segments the technology they need to rapidly build secure, reliable, graphics-optimized next-generation devices at a lower cost.”

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