By Andrea Gallo, ST-Ericsson, Chief Linux Architect in the Smartphone and Tablet Solution organization. - Last March, the ARM Linux community got shaken by the complaints by Linus Torvalds for its lack of proper structure and organisation. This is totally true and mainly due to the large number of different SoC vendors, each one integrating the ARM IP's in a slightly different variant.
Linaro immediately accepted the challenge to drive the kernel alignment of the ARM community and most ARM Linux experts got together and agreed on the way forward as early as May 2011 at the Developers' summit in Budapest. ST-Ericsson is a founding member of Linaro and some key ST-Ericsson engineers are assigned to Linaro and specifically to this kernel alignment working force. In the speech, it will be described how ST-Ericsson is contributing to this important task and which improvements and benefits are measured when ported onto the Snowball low cost development kit, based on ST-Ericsson Nova A9500 Application Processor.