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Facebook Joins Linaro Linux-on-ARM Effort 60

dgharmon writes "It has been more than two years since Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments formed a non-profit software company called Linaro to help focus the disparate efforts to get Linux running well on ARM processors and system-on-chip designs. A slew of companies, some new to the ARM racket, have joined the Linaro effort – and as of Thursday afternoon, so has social media juggernaut Facebook."
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Facebook Joins Linaro Linux-on-ARM Effort

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  • Re:Um... (Score:5, Informative)

    by godrik ( 1287354 ) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @04:32PM (#41874755)

    Of course, that's not what Linaro is about. They are looking forward to stop the explosion of code and architecture within the ARM familly. No two ARM machine boots the same. No two ARM processors expose component the same way. You did not read Linus saying "what about stoping the ARM crap?" []

  • Re:Makes sense. (Score:4, Informative)

    by hendridm ( 302246 ) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @04:36PM (#41874777) Homepage

    FTFA: "Facebook and AMD are joining the Linaro Enterprise Group, which was formed to focus on "the development of foundational software for ARM server Linux," as the announcement put it."

  • I guess it depends on what you mean with "running well": I have a Pandaboard and, well, it has been a major clusterfuck all the way from the beginning, what with constant breakage of features, on some releases of the software the features disappear completely, and then there's the constant crashes in the kernel. Imagine my surprise when I installed the latest stable Texas Instruments - release of the kernel only to find that networking is completely broken and the kernel goes to a hard lock-up after being on for 5-10 minutes, whether or not it just sits idle this whole time.

    If all I want out of it is unaccelerated X or just console applications then yes, it runs very well, and it works great as a low-foothold server for all kinds of things. I'm just saying that I sure have no high expectations for these guys and their efforts.

  • Re:Stealing Credit (Score:4, Informative)

    by Elbereth ( 58257 ) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @05:16PM (#41875009) Journal

    According to the Wikipedia article [], these guys are simply trying to simplify, optimize, and reduce fragmentation in the ARM/Linux world. They're not trying to claim anything except that their tools and validation suite make your life easier.

    It's sort of like the Linux Standard Base, if you remember that initiative. The LSB was invented to address concerns of fragmentation and difficulty in porting applications to Linux, because the distributions were so radically different from each other. While it didn't work out as well as hoped, it did manage to reduce the idiosyncrasies.

  • Re:Stealing Credit (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 04, 2012 @05:37PM (#41875137)

    For that matter Linaro has been making ARM patchsets for various hardware for over 10 years (maybe even longer!). Probably 3/4 of the ARM Linux hardware you'll find (be it routers, IPCams, print servers, etc) will be running some kernel with a -linaro in it, and even the ones that aren't usually have a -linaro in the gcc/binutils buildversion.

    They're just trying to reduce their own costs by consolidating the majority of necessary changes into patchsets that will be accepted into the kernel, so that minimal additional, potentially conflicting, code will end up outside of the kernel in the long run.

    Can't fault them for wanting to make both our and their lives easier.

The bogosity meter just pegged.