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Unifying The ARM Linux Platform With Linaro

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Published on 03 June 2010 09:33 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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There's a slew of ARM-based devices coming to the market from netbooks to smartphones, but for Linux users the ARM platform has traditionally struggled as its rather fragmented between the hardware and software. Mark Shuttleworth has a blog post describing this fragmentation and challenge for software developers to target ARM devices, but fortunately there is a cure. In that same post, Mark announces Linaro and his hopes for this industry project.

Linaro is a joint venture between Freescale, IBM, Samsung, and others, and it seeks to unify Linux on ARM. Linaro.org is this new project's web-site that describes their hopes and open activities. Ubuntu, among other Linux distributions, should end up benefiting from the greater standardization on ARM hardware.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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