I heard from Texas Instruments today about some new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers available on openlink.org. This led me to explore the OpenLink website a bit, and thought I would share my findings with you. The OpenLink initiative is just beginning, and here is how TI's Oz Krakowski describes it, "OpenLink is an initiative focused on providing a wide range of wireless connectivity solutions for Linux-based operating systems. The idea is to enable community developers who target battery-powered products to have easy access to these technologies. OpenLink is also a community, offering resources and support. We invite you to join and contribute."
Targeting the open-source Linux community, the OpenLink initiative focuses on the tools needed to develop wireless solutions using Linux (and TI drivers and chipsets). The site targets developers working with Android, MeeGo, or other Linux-based systems, allowing them to access code natively as part of their kernel builds. Currently, TI's connectivity drivers worked with BeagleBoard and PandaBoard development platforms. Engineers using the site can submit requests for additional platform support. The first drivers available include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology drivers.
If you check it out and participate, let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Thanks for the article, Janine! We’re excited about this initiative, and look forward to working with the community on great new projects! I recently wrote a blog post (http://openlink.org/blogs/first-post-launching-open-source-initiative) that gives more historical information about OpenLink, and what we envision from the project. I hope you and your readers will check it out! – Oz Krakowski, TI’s OpenLink community manager for wireless connectivity solutions
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