Linux on ARM
Barnes & Noble might be doing everything that stands in its power to limit the number of applications that you can run on your Nook Tablet, but hackers will always find a way to run their software on the device if they want to.
Many of you already probably know about the Raspberry Pi Foundation 25 USD ARM Linux Computer. Rhombus Tech, another non-profit organization, is planning to design a 15 USD ARM Linux computer (excluding casing, power supply, shipping, VAT and custom duties) that the company claims would be at least 3 times faster that the Raspberry Pi.
Slackware ARM (“ARMedslack”) is the official port of the Slackware® Linux distribution to the ARM architecture. Currently, the project focuses its efforts on supporting the most popular devices such as the Plug Computers, and can also be used under the QEMU emulator. Support for other devices will be added over time.
Like most distributions, Fedora uses binary software packages (RPMs in this case) to manage installed software. These packages are built using complex sets of build dependencies (other software packages), some of which are not explicit dependencies but rather implied through their fixed presence in the standard "buildroots" (chroot environments containing a basic set of packages) used in the Fedora build infrastructure.
The Fedora distribution is often associated with laptops and desktops using x86 processors. These systems are cheap, powerful, and readily available to developers, and so it would naturally follow that they would be well supported. But Fedora has long supported systems based upon architectures other than the venerable x86.
We've added a new installation guide for the Gumstix Overo family of devices. These tiny devices are even capable of running Chromium, XFCE, Qt, and a lot more. The Gumstix Overo is a tiny but powerful Computer-On-Module (COM) that performs like a full-sized Linux computer and can be programmed to perform a wide variety of functions in almost any application area including power management, time & attendance, security, access control, information technology, location tracking, medical, aviation, robotics and education, to name a few.
Groups led by developers at Citrix and Samsung are bringing Xen hypervisor to ARM Cortex A15, but a KVM project isn't far behind - Several Xen developers who currently work for Citrix recently announced they are porting the Xen hypervisor to the ARM processor architecture. The group's work began less than three months ago, but the port is said to already be capable of booting a Linux 3.0-based virtual machine.
Here at ARM, a colleague recently wanted to port Linux to a prototype of a new high-performance Cortex-A9 based platform. To develop and debug this port, he needed to be able to set breakpoints, view registers, view memory, single-step at source level, and so on, in fact all the normal facilities provided by a debugger, but he wanted to do these both before the MMU is enabled (with a physical memory map), and after the MMU is enabled (with a virtual memory map).
Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.
The Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor that VMware sells for smartphones and fondleslabs running the Android variant of Linux on ARM RISC processors is getting some competition. Intrepid techies are working away on two different implementations of the open source Xen hypervisor for ARM chips, and another group is putting together a KVM hypervisor port as well.
Helsinki, Finland– < November 30, 2011> – Tuxera, the leading provider of interoperable file systems for Android, Linux, Mac and other platforms, today announced it is a new member in ARM Connected Community, the industry's largest ecosystem of ARM technology-based products and services. As a member of ARM Connected Community, Tuxera will contribute to the community effort to reduce development time and costs by bringing its expertise in interoperable file systems for consumer electronics and embedded devices markets.
We've initiated work on Arch Linux for the HP TouchPad and have made great progress over the past week. It's currently in a developer-preview state, but if you're willing to acquire some USB connection cables, you can join the fun. Going forward, we plan to package up a nice bundle with everything you need to easily enjoy Arch Linux ARM on the TouchPad and have a truly open tablet computer.
ARM announced a free edition of its Eclipse-based development toolkit that's aimed at Android developers. ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) helps create performance- and power-optimized native software by integrating a graphical debugger for code generated for the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and a version of the ARM Streamline Performance Analyzer, the company says.
The Linaro Team is pleased to announce the release of Linaro 11.11, another of Linaro's releases delivered on a monthly cadence.This release includes components delivered by all Linaro Teams: Working Groups, Landing Teams and Platform Teams. Some outstanding effort has gone into delivering a lot of exciting updates and features integrated on top of Android and Ubuntu.