HP, Canonical, LiMo Foundation, Montavista and Genivi join Linaro to accelerate Linux development

December 15, 2010 // 8:26 a.m.

SOFTWARE LEADERS TO ADVISE LINARO



Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo Foundation and MontaVista become Advisors to Linaro



CAMBRIDGE, UK – 14th December 2010



Following completion of its first major release in November, Linaro announces the

expansion of its ecosystem to include Advisory Partners Canonical, GENIVI, HP, LiMo

Foundation and MontaVista Software all of whom are involved in building complex

Linux based software. The Advisors will help to guide the Linaro Technical Steering

Committee (TSC) on critical industry needs, facilitating the alignment of requirements.



Linaro exists to accelerate innovation among software developers working on the most

advanced semiconductor System-on-Chip (SoC) designs. The current wave of “always connected,

always‐on” devices is increasingly turning to Linux and highly integrated

SoCs to achieve the performance and battery life consumers demand.



The availability of a stable, optimized software base and tools make it easier and

quicker to develop high performance consumer devices. Manufacturers will benefit

from an improved product development cycle, spending less time on low level, non-differentiating

software and more time on product innovation and delivering exceptional

user experiences.



“Having HP, Canonical, GENIVI, LiMo Foundation and MontaVista Software as

advisors to our Technical Steering Committee will help us to make the best decisions

on resource deployment, for the benefit of both our members and the open source

community.” said George Grey, CEO, Linaro. “We will continue to build extensive

relationships with the electronics industry and open source communities to ensure our

engineering is responsive to industry needs and is widely deployed.”



“We believe that Linaro is a critical strategic partner for accelerating the ARM

software and silicon ecosystem,” said Steve Manser, senior vice president, Product

Development, Palm Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Through

collaboration and convergence on common Linux foundational components and tools,

HP looks to accelerate our innovative webOS platform with the latest ARM-based SoC

designs. webOS will play a prominent role in HP’s future, and we see Linaro and the

ARM ecosystem as key allies for building that future.”



"Shortening development time, getting products to market quickly and reducing

development costs for embedded Linux based products are key goals for both Linaro

and GENIVI," said Graham Smethurst, President of GENIVI. "As an advisor to Linaro

we can provide aligned automotive industry input for IVI solutions, helping Linaro shape

the engineering efforts applied to its optimized foundation of open source tools and

software.”



“LiMo’s vision is to deliver a vibrant ecosystem of commercial products and

servicesthat are enabled through an independent and competitive Linux based mobile

software platform developed in close collaboration with key stakeholders in the mobile

industry,” said Morgan Gillis, Executive Director of LiMo Foundation. “We are delighted

to join Linaro’s TSC as an Advisor Partner and look forward to collaborating with

Linaro in shaping up the next generation Linux ecosystem that will deliver a rich and

connected user experience to consumers across a diverse range of devices.”



“As a long time supporter of embedded Linux for ARM processors, MontaVista is

delighted to be collaborating with other industry leaders as a Linaro Advisor”, said

Dan Cauchy, vice president of marketing and business development, MontaVista

Software. “Our goal is to help drive rapid innovation of Linux components and tools

within Linaro, commercialize the results, and make them available as part of MontaVista

Linux for the benefit of our customers, device manufacturers and the ARM ecosystem.”



“As an Advisor Partner we look forward to shaping the next generation of Ubuntu

devices with the Linaro ecosystem. Canonical's customers will be able to engage

with us to focus on the user experience in the knowledge that the solution is based

on shared and standard components” says Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical, “We

look forward to working with Linaro to rapidly accelerate the time-to-market for

devices, ensuring that users and partners can quickly take advantage of hardware

improvements.”



For more information on the company, access to software and tools, and information

on the community and open engineering, visit www.linaro.org
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