What do you get when you put some of the largest and most influential companies in the mobile space together? A lot of confusion...
In something of a surprise Samsung, ARM, IBM, Freescale, ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments and the Linux Foundation announced they have all clubbed together to create 'Linaro' - a not for profit group designed to promote and facilitate the take-up of Linux.
Sound a bit vague? Here are the mission statements:
- ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have created the not-for-profit company, Linaro, committed to providing new resources and industry alignment for open source software developers using Linux on the world’s most sophisticated semiconductor System-on-Chips (SoCs)
- Linaro will invest resources in open source projects that can then be used by Linux-based distributions such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS
- Linaro will provide a stable and optimized base for distributions and developers by creating new releases of optimized tools, kernel and middleware software validated for a wide range of SoCs, every six months
- Linaro’s base of software and tools will be applicable to a wide range of markets, helping reduce time-to-market for products such as smart phones, tablets, digital televisions, automotive entertainment and enterprise equipment
- Linaro’s first software and tools release is due out in November 2010, and will provide optimizations for the latest range of ARM Cortex-A family of processors
"The dramatic growth of open source software development can now be seen in internet-based, always-connected mobile and consumer products. Linaro will help accelerate this trend further by increasing investment on key open source projects and providing industry alignment with the community to deliver the best Linux-based products for the benefit of the consumer."
And still I'm vague on exactly what it is and why Linaro exists - even if I'm tempted to say it sounds like a good thing. Anyone care to have a stab at it...?