Linux on ARM
The next version of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution, to be released next week, will be the first to run on the Arm architecture, as well as the first edition to offer a new cloud service orchestration engine, called JuJu.
The IPFire project is proud to announce the availability of an ARM port of IPFire 2.11. - A team of developers has been working on an ARM port of IPFire for the past few weeks and is now proud to announce the first beta release of IPFire 2.11 on ARM.
Ronetix announced a open-frame panel PC based on Atmel's 400MHz, ARM926-based AT91SAM9G45 processor and intended as a development platform. Now supporting Android as well as Linux, the SK-PM9G45 Starter Kit incorporates a CPU Module PM9G45 with 128MB of RAM and 256MB of flash, a seven-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, and a baseboard with serial, Ethernet, USB, and optional Wi-Fi connectivity, says the company.
Andrew Wafaa is hoping to make openSUSE the Linux distribution of choice for the growing number of ARM-powered devices out there, but the project has run into a snag: a lack of ARM hardware. Like many open source projects, openSUSE has corporate sponsorship in the form of a partnership with Attachmate subsidiary SUSE - once part of Novell - which takes the open source openSUSE technology and bundles it with support contracts in a commercial format.
The Linaro Team is pleased to announce the release of Linaro 11.09, the Linaro's fourth release delivered on a monthly cadence. This release includes components delivered by all Linaro Teams: Working Groups, Landing Teams and Platform Teams. As usual, it brings a lot of updates and new features, integrated on top of Android and Ubuntu.
After countless years of development, the 2.0 release of GeeXboX (codename "Love It or Shove It") finally has landed. The GeeXboX project was created in December 2002, 9 years ago, to become the major HTPC / MediaCenter dedicated Linux distribution.
Kontron announced it will release its first computer on modules (COMs) based on single- and multicore ARM processors later this year. Featuring support for operating systems including Linux and Windows 8, the COMs will be followed up in 2012 by ARM-based single board computers, plus tablet, box, and HMI (human machine interface) PCs, says the company.
Non-profit entity focused on accelerating development of Linux on ARM - More than 150 Linux engineers gathered in Cambridge, England late last month to collaborate on the development of Linux on ARM at the first quarterly Linaro Connect event.
It seems that Samsung is quite interested in pushing upstream Linux kernel support for their ARM-based Exynos 4210 SoC. Besides pushing an open-source DRM kernel graphics driver, they have been working on other areas of upstream Linux kernel support for this SoC that employs a dual-core Cortex A9.
While Hewlett-Packard recently announced they will be killing off their webOS devices, just days prior to that I had ordered an HP TouchPad 16GB to carry out some additional ARM-based Linux benchmarks. Although HP's devices may be going away, I am still fond of webOS and it's a fair environment to carry out performance tests.
The RaspberryPi Foundation, which aims to put computers in front of children for £15, has taken delivery of 50 engineering prototypes, and intends to get the final version to customers by the end of the year. Based in Cambridge and founded by six high-tech high-flyers, the foundation’s aim is to cure the programmer shortage by inspiring people to take up computing in childhood - as Sinclair Spectrums and BBC Micros once did.
Linaro has released a new version of its Linaro open source Linux tools, kernel, and middleware stack for ARM Cortex-based consumer electronics. Based on the Linux 3.0.3 kernel and GCC 4.6 toolchain, Linaro 11.08 offers Android and Ubuntu images for the BeagleBoard-xM, Pandaboard, Snowball, and Samsung Origen development boards, plus a new build for the Freescale i.MX53 board.
Last May a UK-based company called Raspberry Pi announced plans to release a tiny PC the size of a USB key that costs just $25. The PC runs on a Linux based operating system. It will have a 700 MHz ARM11-based processor, 128 MB of SDRAM, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports and more. While we are still waiting for the company to release the PC, it has still been working to refine the device.
Samsung has published the code to a new open-source DRM driver for its EXYNOS4210 System-On-a-Chip. The EXYNOS4210 has impressive 3D graphics capabilities, uses the dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, and is used in various smart-phones. The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the smart-phones using the Exynos 4210 SoC. Samsung is hoping to push this DRM driver into the mainline Linux kernel.
Linux on ARM dominates embedded and mobile markets. Consumer devices such as smartphones, portable tablets, and set top boxes are increasingly being used and accessed by Linux applications. Unfortunately, this makes them an attractive target for hackers who seek to tamper and reverse-engineer the application for nefarious goals such as intellectual property (IP) theft, DRM compromise and piracy.