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Linaro attracts support of key software makers

The not-for-profit software organisation Linaro will be backed by several key software manufacturers all working on Linux-derived products, according to an announcement from the company.Canonical, Genivi, HP, the LiMo Foundation and MontaVista have all agreed to become advisors to the Linaro programme which aims to speed up and facilitate the development of open source software.

The not-for-profit software organisation Linaro will be backed by several key software manufacturers all working on Linux-derived products, according to an announcement from the company.

Canonical, Genivi, HP, the LiMo Foundation and MontaVista have all agreed to become advisors to the Linaro programme which aims to speed up and facilitate the development of open source software. The advisors role is to help guide the Linaro Technical Steering Committee.

"Having HP, Canonical, GENIVI, LiMo Foundation and MontaVista Software as advisors to our Technical Steering Committee will help us to make the best decisions on resource deployment, for the benefit of both our members and the open source community." said George Grey chief executive of Linaro.

The organisation focuses most of its work on low-level and middleware code which it says allows manufacturers to spend less time on low-level, non-differentiating coding work, allowing them instead to focus on "product innovation and exceptional experiences."

Linaro was founded in June by ARM, along with IBM and semiconductor companies Samsung, ST-Ericsson, Freescale and Texas Instruments to speed development of ARM-based system-on-a-chip devices.