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IT Bigwig Firms Launch New Open Source Company

Newly formed Linaro promises to speed up the process of bringing next generation Linux-based devices to market

In response to the growing relevance of Linux-based applications in mobile communications , ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments among others have joined hands to form a not-for-profit company called Linaro targeted at building momentum for Linux-based devices. The company intends to help open source developers working with Linux on System-on-Chips (SoCs) and Linux distributions including Android, LiMo, Meego, Ubuntu and WebOS by providing appropriate resources and coordinated engineering support made possible by this new alliance. They are hoping to open up fresh possibilities in terms of new investment and to set the pace for technology advancements via updates on optimized tools, kernel and middleware software applicable for a wide range of SoCs, every six months. This would in turn help reduce time-to-market for products such as smart phones, tablets, digital televisions, automotive entertainment and enterprise equipment.

Linaro's first software and tools is planned for release in November 2010, and will provide optimizations for the latest range of ARM Cortex processors. Additional partners are expected to join Linarao and further expand the resource base for the open source community.

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