As I developed some small Linux based systems over my career, I did find myself looking for some of the same debugging tools that I had grown accustomed to in my embedded projects. However, beyond GDB, none existed at that time or those that were available were well outside my project scope and budget so they may as well of not existed. I also found myself disappointed in the fact that the Linux distributions were always lagging the latest hardware by months if not years. The good news is now ARM has addressed both of these.
Earlier this year ARM and its Partners formed a new organization called Linaro™, a not for profit company. It is sponsored by ARM and its Partners, who provide subscription fees and software development engineers to ensure the organization has access to the dedicated resources needed to deliver compelling code beneficial to the broad community. The management team of Linaro works closely with partners and the community to bring together requirements, resources, and planning through open participative forums, to ensure the cumulative work product is brought together and delivered as a validated staging tree on a strict six month release cycle, the first of which to be this month. Most development occurring within Linaro is intended to flow directly into existing upstream projects. The use of a staging tree ensures people can benefit from the latest code on the latest hardware platforms in advance of all the code flowing upstream. All code developed within Linaro working groups is open source and therefore available under standard Open Source Initiative (OSI) license terms.
If you want to learn more about Linaro and ARM’s new tools for Linux Application development (DS-5) come to the ARM Technical Conference (ARM Techcon) at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Thursday, November 11th (Session SS-ARM09) at 2:00 PM Pacific. There Rob Coombs, Head of Global Alliances at Linaro, and me will be presenting on Linaro and demoing DS-5 live.
Ken Havens, Marketing Manager, ARM, is a experienced marketing and sales professional with a rich history that includes the development, implementation and execution of marketing programs. Program activities have included print, web, presentation, labs and lecture. Successfully completed several contract negotiations balancing risk with business opportunity. Managed assets to improve metrics on return on working capitol (ROWC) and return on investment (ROI) metrics. Directly managed technical, sales and marketing teams growing not only the business but, also their contribution level to the corporation.
Possesses extensive experience in engineering of new product, innovative marketing programs and working with sales teams across the globe. Experienced in all aspects of design from concept development, defining design requirements, to prototyping, troubleshooting, hardware/software integration, production, marketing as well as procurement and training. Experience in these areas provides a unique perspective to effectively communicate across regional and cultural barriers
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