Linux on ARM, v2
ARM and Movial released a second version of the ARM Linux Internet Platform (ALIP). ALIP is a stable software stack including most of the GNOME Mobile stack. It’s not a full distribution including hundreds of applications like OpenEmbedded but it’s meant to provide a solid software stack for easily creating your own embedded project for any ARM based hardware.
ALIP is designed to integrate a hardware specific BSP, including proprietary BSPs, with a generic Linux software stack (e.g. GNOME Mobile) providing a straightforward way of creating a base for a new product. The UI and application layer is expected to be product specific and ALIP includes only a simple Matchbox based desktop environment.
The changes from the first release are listed thoroughly on the generic-2 release notes but here’s a list of the biggest changes:
- C library is now compiled for the target hardware instead of
taking it from the Scratchbox’ toolchain as-is.
- example-project was renamed to alip-project.
- Official support for Beagle board.
- Reference BSPs for Beagle board and OMAP3 EVM
- Up-to-date software components (aligned with X.Org 7.4 and GMAE 2.24.3).
- Better support for 3rd party multimedia codecs.
- More meaningful component suites.
- X.Org driver with XV extension for OMAP based hardwares.