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02 March 2011, 10:36

Yocto and OpenEmbedded get together

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The Linux Foundation has announced that the Yocto Project, a Foundation workgroup announced October 2010, is joining forces with the OpenEmbedded community, developers of a cross-compile environment enabling the development of "a complete Linux Distribution for embedded systems."

According to Jim Zemlin, the executive director at The Linux Foundation, "The Yocto Project and the OpenEmbedded community bring together the industry's key stakeholders from the embedded Linux community to build a core set of technologies to advance Linux for the burgeoning systems and devices market." The intention is to make it easier to build embedded systems with Linux. Grant Likely, a member of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board, commented that "Linux is huge in the embedded market because it can be adapted for any application, but it isn't always easy to get started with a custom design."

The Foundation simultaneously announced a list of companies currently participating in this project; these include Cavium Networks, Dell, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, LSI, Mentor Graphics, Mindspeed, MontaVista Software, NetLogic Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Tilera, Timesys and Wind River.

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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