Linaro's ambitions extend beyond software for mobile devices and the just announced Linaro Enterprise Group, set up to address servers. Indeed, Linaro's ambitions extend beyond Linux.
Grey concluded by saying the Linaro charter is broad: "The charter
of Linaro is Linux on ARM but not just Linux it is really open-source
software on ARM. Linaro is successful at bringing companies together who
have common software engineering interests."
Linaro has about
120 engineers of which about half are employed directly and about half
are assignees from the sponsoring companies. That number is set to
double – or go even higher – over the next 12 months as Grey ramps up
This casts Linaro in an interesting light and as a significant parallel organization to ARM.
is an out-source organization that develops common CPU and GPU
architectures for scores of chip companies to license, allowing them to
focus on other pieces of hardware and software for differentiation. ARM
saves duplicated effort and is a for-profit organization that is paid
for its intellectual property.
Linaro is an out-source
organization that develops open-source software for other companies to
use allowing them to focus on other pieces of differentiating software,
applications and use cases. Linaro saves duplicated effort and is