Linaro’s mission is to lead collaboration in the ARM ecosystem by bringing together industry and the open source community to work on key projects, deliver great tools, reduce industry wide fragmentation and redundant effort, and provide common software foundations for all. The mission is not exclusive to ARM – Linaro can work on other architectures and technologies where the work benefits Linaro members and the ARM ecosystem.
Member companies fund Linaro and provide a significant proportion of its engineering resources as assignees who work full time on Linaro projects. Linaro’s engineering team, including contributed member resources, consists of about 300 software developers. Linaro engages with the broader open source community on a daily basis on IRC, mailing lists and at industry events, including at its own Linaro Connect events.
The members determine what work is done by the Linaro engineering team. As the number of Linaro members increases, the company’s capacity to provide engineering solutions grows and so the return on a member’s investment increases. This results in more common engineering work being completed by the Linaro engineers, enabling the members to focus more of their own resources on innovation and differentiation.
Linaro’s work is at the heart of all modern Linux-based devices running on ARM processors, including Android smartphones and tablets. As markets for ARM processors develop, new opportunities for collaborative engineering are created around Linux and other open source operating systems. These opportunities include software stacks and tools in mobile, networking, servers, the digital home and IoT.
This timeline includes links to Linaro’s articles of association, membership rules, new member announcements, Linaro Connect historical events and key organizational developments. The member announcements and organizational development milestones clearly show Linaro growth in both core and club membership and the expansion of Linaro’s work with the establishment of segment focused groups: the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG) in November 2012, the Linaro Networking Group (LNG) in February 2013, The Linaro Digital Home Group (LHG) in May 2014 , Linaro Mobile Group (LMG) in July 2014, the Linaro 96Boards Group in February 2015, and the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Group in September 2016.