Linaro provides daily patches to upstream projects, monthly source code releases to make the latest code and tools easily available and Linaro Evaluation Builds for popular Linux based distributions such as Android and Ubuntu.
The platform team continuously build and test the latest open source code on our members hardware to ensure product quality software. Current Working Groups include: Graphics, Multimedia, Power Management, Kernel consolidation and tools.
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Aligned investment is provided to existing upstream open source projects such as GCC, kernel.org, etc. The Linaro Technical Steering Committee develops the high level requirements for Linaro’s Engineering Working Groups, which then get expanded into detailed specifications (Blueprints) at Linaro Developer Summits. This work is a mixture of fixing broken code, consolidating different ARM implementations, improving performance and adding new functionality. Working Groups include the ARM toolchain, kernel consolidation, power management, graphics and multimedia. Code is continuously delivered upstream as patches, and monthly in tarballs, making it easy for OEMs and the community to get access to the latest code.
Linaro Evaluation Builds (LEBs)
The Linaro Platform Group takes the latest software and tools from the Working Groups and produces daily optimized builds of major distributions such as Android and Ubuntu. These evaluation builds are then continuously tested and benchmarked on members’ latest development boards in our networked hardware farm.
The goal is to provide quantitative data on improvements to software quality and performance. This focus on software quality will help accelerate product development time and the benchmarking will ensure that we continuously improve performance.
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These assist Linaro's silicon partners in transforming their Linux SoC support to focus on maximising the support in the Linux trunk, so that BSPs get smaller and are of higher quality. This benefits OEMs through higher quality BSPs enabling faster time to market for a range of advanced SoCs. Linaro members benefit by being able to support multiple distributions more easily. Because Landing Teams work closely with the chip companies BSP teams on unannounced hardware this activity is necessarily confidential.