Oct 28, 2019 Linux

Evolving Embedded Linux Together

By Michel Genard

The Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) in Lyon, France kicks off today. With so many interesting projects underway, it’s always a pleasure to meet in person and hear from and collaborate with fellow open source devotees.

Wind River has long embraced open source and are even more excited for the future of it. Open source plays a key role in use cases spanning many mission critical industries, such as aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial, medical, and telecommunications. It is helping to carve a critical path toward the increasing trends around virtualization and modernization taking place across these industries.

We’re seeing a move in a direction of heterogeneous systems where the development of many critical infrastructure systems requires both an open source Linux and a proven commercial RTOS. Anticipating this need, Wind River delivers the best of both worlds with Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform which combines our industry-leading commercial RTOS and embedded Linux distribution into an edge compute software platform, allowing other operating systems to run unmodified within the same framework. It provides a software platform for edge devices designed to enable the modernization of legacy systems in mission critical industries.

A longtime champion for open source with more than 15 years as an active contributor, Wind River understands the unique needs of the open source community, especially for embedded system developers. Wind River actively works to advance open source technologies and works closely with the community.

We practice what we preach and work hard to incorporate open source elements (ex: virtualized edge cloud infrastructure offering and embedded Linux build system) as well as contribute back to the community. In fact, Wind River contributed seed code for the StarlingX project, Wind River Linux, based on the Yocto Project, is fully upstreamed and freely available to download. You want to learn more about embedded Linux, you can download our eBook.

We’ve been major contributors to a variety of open source projects and consortia, often with many maintainer and technical lead roles. Besides contributions and key roles in StarlingX and Yocto Project, an abbreviated list includes: O-RAN Alliance, ONAP, OPAF, OPNFV, OpenStack, Linux Foundation, CNCF, Akraino Edge, ETSI, TCF, FACE, SOSA, MOSA, OpenVPX, and SpaceVPX.

So if you’ll be at ELC this week, stop by and visit with us at the Yocto Project booth. We’d be delighted to share additional insights and discuss the ongoing evolution of embedded Linux.

If you’re extending your stay and attending the Yocto Project Summit following ELC, be sure to visit our sessions:

·         Yocto Project and CVEs on Oct. 31 at 10:15am

·         Building Container Images with the Yocto Project on Oct. 31 at 3:45pm

·         User Space 2.0 seminar on Nov. 1 at 3:15pm

We’re excited to be at ELC and look forward to many great conversations there!

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