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07 April 2011, 15:34

Linux Foundation announces Yocto Project Release 1.0, launches Steering Committee

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Linux Foundation Logo At this year's Collaboration Summit, currently taking place in San Francisco, the Linux Foundation announced the availability of the Yocto Project Release 1.0. The first official version 1.0 release is based on the 2.6.37 Linux kernel and includes a number of new features over the previous 0.9 release from October of last year.

Yocto Project Release 1.0 features a new process for gathering, compiling and building from upstream source code. Builds are now faster and performance has been improved thanks to BitBake changes. Other changes include updates to the X Windows System, the latest release of the Linaro kernel and toolchain for ARM processors, as well as various updates to the open source Linux commands, libraries and middleware. The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) has also been updated to version 4.5.1.

Yocto Project Discussing the release, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said, "The Yocto Project is moving fast to address the increasing opportunities for Linux in the embedded computing market," adding that, "Yocto Project 1.0 represents strong work and focused collaboration since the project was introduced just six months ago. The Yocto Project tools will help ease and speed embedded Linux development."

The Yocto Project, a Foundation workgroup announced October 2010, is an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools and methods for developers to create Linux-based systems for various embedded systems and processor architectures. Further details about the version 1.0 release of the Yocto Project can be found in a post on the Yocto Project blog by David Stewart and in the Linux Foundation's official press release.

The Foundation also announced the launch of the Yocto Project Steering Group, which consists of representatives from Dell, Intel Corporation, Mentor Graphics, OpenEmbedded eV, Texas Instruments, Timesys and Wind River. The Steering Group will provide the leadership and direction for the future of the project.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the task of promoting the growth of Linux. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, is himself sponsored by the foundation.

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