Following completion of its first major release in November, not-for-profit software engineering company Linaro has announced the expansion of its ecosystem to include new advisory partners in the shape of Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation, and MontaVista Software — all of whom are involved in building complex Linux-based software.
The group will help guide Linaro's Technical Steering Committee (TSC) on what the company describes as "facilitating the alignment of technical requirements" for software developers working on the most advanced semiconductor System-on-Chip (SoC) designs.
Suggesting that the current wave of always-connected, always‐on devices is increasingly turning to Linux development and highly integrated SoC techniques to achieve the performance and battery life consumers demand, Linaro says that promoting the availability of a stable, optimized software base and toolset will make it easier and quicker to develop high-performance consumer devices.
Linaro CEO George Grey claims that manufacturers will now potentially benefit from an improved product development cycle, spending less time on low-level, non-differentiating software and more time on product innovation.
"Through collaboration and convergence on common Linux foundational components and tools, HP looks to accelerate our webOS platform with the latest ARM-based SoC designs. This means that webOS will play a prominent role in HP’s future and we see Linaro and the ARM ecosystem as key allies for building that future," said Steve Manser, senior vice president of product development, Palm Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. "As an advisor partner, we look forward to shaping the next generation of Ubuntu devices with the Linaro ecosystem. Canonical's customers will be able to engage with us to focus on the user experience in the knowledge that the solution is based on shared and standard components,” said Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical. "We look forward to working with Linaro to accelerate the time-to-market for devices, ensuring that users and partners can take advantage of hardware improvements."