Mainline is the common software repository to which developers contribute code changes. Every Linux component including the boot loader, kernel and file system, has its own mainline where developers have access to the most recent patches and updates to keep their applications up-to-date.
TI has long invested in Linux support and is a top contributor to the Linux kernel (kernel.org). TI’s support of the mainline Linux Long Term Stable (LTS) kernels ensures:
Users of TI software will be able to enjoy the following benefits:
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TI accelerates Linux development with support for the Linaro GCC-based toolchain. The Linaro toolchain is comprised of robust, commercial-grade tools which are optimized for Cortex-A processors. The toolchain is fully supported by TI and the entire Linaro community including Linaro staff engineers, member company developers and others in the open source community. Linaro tools and software are available in this latest release of the TI Sitara ARM Linux SDK.
TI is the only ARM silicon vendor whose Linux distribution has been accepted as Yocto Project Compatible. The Yocto Project is an open-source collaboration spearheaded by the Linux Foundation to simplify the framework for building embedded Linux software distributions. This acceptance shows TI's commitment to streamline Linux development and our involvement in the Yocto Project and Community.
TI’s EZ Linux SDK has OE-Core support via the Arago distribution, giving developers access to a layered structure that is merged with the Yocto Project. The Arago Project provides a verified, tested and supported subset of packages, built with a free and open tool chain. Additional resources on Yocto Project and TI’s Arago distribution are available at arago-project.org.