Linaro 11.06 released

Fathi Boudra fathi.boudra at linaro.org
Thu Jun 30 20:16:59 UTC 2011


Hi,

The Linaro Team is pleased to announce the release of Linaro 11.06.

11.06 is the Linaro’s first release delivered on the new monthly cadence.
Since we started focusing on monthly component releases, activity in the
engineering teams has been channeled into producing a coherent set of packages;
This allows anyone to witness development of new features and fixes as the team
progresses towards its goals. This month’s release highlights the results:
a host of new components are now available, including LAVA packages from the
Platform Validation Team, a collection of SoC-specific kernels provided by the
Landing Teams, and preview releases of Graphics and Multimedia Working Groups
work ranging from Unity 3D to a NEON-optimized libjpeg-turbo. In addition,
another solid set of toolchain components, topped by a Linaro GCC 4.6 release
that should start making a very good impressions on benchmarks near you.

We encourage everybody to use the 11.06 release. The download links for all
images and components are available on our release page:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1106/Release

Highlights of this release:

 * Linaro Evaluation Builds (LEBs) for Ubuntu comes with the full 3D Unity
   desktop experience enabled on PandaBoard. It's powered by Compiz and relies
   on the Nux toolkit for its rendering.
 * Linaro Evaluation Build (LEBs) for Android on Pandaboard comes with latest
   stable 2.6.38 kernel from Linaro's TI Landing Team and is built using
   Linaro's GCC 4.5 2011.06 release; Also, latest Linaro toolchain have been
   packaged for Android and benchmark results showing noticeable performance
   gains compared to the Google AOSP gingerbread toolchain have been included
   as part of the release documentation: http://bit.ly/jTAhWa
 * Initial preview releases of Ubuntu Hardware Packs for Snowball, Origen and
   Quickstart boards featuring the latest Linaro Landing Team components are
   available as part of this release.
 * Linaro GCC 4.6 2011.06 and GCC 4.5 2011.06 come with bugfixes and various
   performance optimizations with focus on vectoriser improvements. With this
   release Linaro GCC 4.5 series enters maintenance mode and will ensure that
   development can be focused on making the "future" better.
 * Linaro QEMU 2011.06, based on upstream (trunk) QEMU. This version includes a
   number of ARM-focused bug fixes and enhancements like the support of a model
   of the Gumstix Overo board and the USB keyboard/mouse support on
   BeagleBoard.
 * Linaro Kernel 2.6.39 2011.06, based on the 2.6.39.1 stable kernel with a
   number of changes developed by Linaro and integrated from the 3.0-rc. It
   includes the ability to append Device Tree to zImage at build time, support
   for parallel async MMC requests and more...
 * Linaro U-Boot 2011.06.1, based on upstream version 2011.06-rc3 features USB,
   Network and TFTP boot for PandaBoard as well as initial PXE support.
 * First full release of LAVA components, Linaro's automated validation
   solution, has been made available as part of our monthly releases.
 * QEMU with OpenGL ES acceleration - technology preview. For more details,
   please visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/DevPlatform/QemuOpenGLES
 * The Unity, NUX and Compiz port for EGL/OpenGL ES v2 that are part of
   our Ubuntu LEB for this month are also made available as components
   maintained by Linaro's Graphics Working Group.
 * Linaro Image Tools 2011.06-1 features the support for the --image_file
   option in linaro-android-media-create and support the new upstream name of
   the smdkv310 SPL.
 * Powerdebug 0.5-2011.06 is a major rewrite of the code to put in place a
   generic framework to integrate more easily new components like the thermal
   sensors. It's more modular and decrease the dependency between the display
   and the power management blocks.
 * And much more... The release details are linked from the "Details" column
   for each release artifact on the 11.06 release page.

Using the Android-based images
==============================

The Android-based images come in three parts: system, userdata and boot.
These need to be combined to form a complete Android install. For an
explanation of how to do this please see:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android/ImageInstallation

If you are interested in getting the source and building these images
yourself please see the following pages:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android/GetSource
  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android/BuildSource

Using the Ubuntu-based images
=============================

The Ubuntu-based images consist of two parts. The first part is a hardware
pack, which can be found under the hwpacks directory and contains hardware
specific packages (such as the kernel and bootloader). The second part is
the rootfs, which is combined with the hardware pack to create a complete
image. For more information on how to create an image please see:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/DevPlatform/Ubuntu/ImageInstallation

Getting involved
================

More information on Linaro can be found on our websites:

 * Homepage: http://www.linaro.org
 * Wiki: http://wiki.linaro.org

Also subscribe to the important Linaro mailing lists and join our IRC
channels to stay on top of Linaro developments:

 * Announcements:
   http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-announce
 * Development:
   http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-dev
 * IRC:
   #linaro on irc.linaro.org or irc.freenode.net
   #linaro-android irc.linaro.org or irc.freenode.net

Known issues with this release
==============================

For any errata issues, please see:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1106/Release#Known_Issues

Bug reports for this release should be filed in Launchpad against the
individual packages that are affected. If a suitable package cannot be
identified, feel free to assign them to:

  http://www.launchpad.net/linaro

Cheers,

-- 
Fathi Boudra
Linaro Release Manager | Platform Project Manager
Linaro.org | Open source software for ARM SoCs



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