How to join
Linaro is a UK registered not-for-profit Company. It is sponsored by members who provide subscription fees and software development engineers to ensure the organization has access to the dedicated resources needed to deliver compelling code, beneficial to both the sponsoring members and the broader community.
Additional engineering resources are provided directly by Linaro. The management team of Linaro works closely with members and the community to bring together requirements, resources, and planning through open participative forums. Most development occurring within Linaro is intended to flow directly into existing upstream projects. The use of a staging tree ensures everyone can benefit from the latest code on the latest hardware platforms in advance of all the code flowing upstream. All code developed within Linaro working groups is open source and therefore available under standard Open Source Initiative (OSI) license terms. For more details see Linaro Membership Rules and Linaro Articles of Association.
Linaro members provide resources to the organisation and influence development cycles through the Technical Steering Committee. They also have an option to have a landing team to assist in landing the latest open source software on their chips, and having their hardware included in the validation and test facility.
Members include ARM, Freescale, HiSilicon, IBM, LG Electronics. Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments (TI). Organizations wishing to join Linaro should apply to Rob Booth, COO. Following board approval, priority activities for the new member are identified and the process of appointing engineers and introducing the member effectively into Linaro begins. Emails can be sent to Rob at email@example.com and other contact details can be found here.
Benefits of Membership
Open source software is one of the most significant trends in the creation of electronic devices. Being a leader in open source requires high levels of collaboration and Linaro is the place where ARM, IBM and SoC vendors are making shared and aligned investments. If you are a chip developer, Linaro can help you get the latest OSS working on your SoCs and evaluation boards, which is critical to securing design wins. The Linaro Evaluation Builds (LEBs) for Android and Ubuntu will show your silicon off in the best light, with the highest performance and leading edge optimisations. The Linaro Test and Validation platform will provide you and your customers quantitative evidence of the maturity of your Hardware Pack/Board Support Package (BSP) when used with the latest open source software. Landing Teams assist your BSP team to upstream as much of the software support for your chip as possible. All of this makes it easier for OEMs and ODMs to deliver great products, based on your SoCs running optimized open source software, to market more quickly
Investing in Linaro by becoming a member is a strategic decision to become a leader in open source software, and to do that through shared investment and industry alignment. Members have significant influence in the organisation; primarily through the Technical Steering Committee but also through day to day involvement in the Working Groups, Platform Team and interaction with Linaro management.
Organisations that wish to offer services, support or other related businesses based on Linaro's engineering output are encouraged to apply for the Linaro Partner Program.
This is a marketing program for organisations that have contributed a Linaro Partner Engineer into our engineering team. These engineers act as a conduit of knowledge back to the sponsoring company about Linaro's activities, and contribute to the Working Groups or Platform Teams.