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Intel boosts Wind River Linux for IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
October 8, 2015
Intel-subsidiary Wind River has introduced Linux 8, part of its Helix portfolio, with scalability for addressing IoT challenges. The version of uses the kernel and toolchain from the upcoming Yocto Project 2.0 release, and was announced at this week’s at Embedded Linux Conference in Ireland.
Linux 8 is said to bring together the flexibility and interoperability of open source along with improved user experience and scalability for addressing the opportunities and challenges of IoT. The company also introduced features for Wind River Open Virtualization.
The latest version of Wind River Linux delivers an improved out-of-the-box experience with a reduction in set-up and installation time, allowing users to start developing applications within minutes. It uses the latest kernel and toolchain from the upcoming Yocto Project 2.0 release, Linux kernel 4.1 and Gnu toolchain 5.2. There is hardware support for the latest Intel architecture, as well as ARM, Mips and PowerPC.
Linux 8 will serve as the baseline for all existing technology profiles, including the carrier grade profile for Wind River Linux, security profile for Wind River Linux and the newly enhanced Open Virtualization profile for building and deploying a cloud operating system. The new features enable cloud services and high-performance computing capabilities to integrate a compute node to a number of frameworks or infrastructure providers.
“Wind River Linux allows customers to extract vast amounts of business intelligence and value from their data, and supports devices of all sizes, architectures and industries – from general purpose and high-performing real-time devices to carrier grade, virtualisation and highly secure military applications,” said Dinyar Dastoor, vice president and general manager of operating system platforms at Wind River. “With the latest version of Wind River Linux and our updated Open Virtualization profile, we are delivering a versatile and robust Linux offering to the market that is ideally suited for the development of IoT devices.”
Developed from the Yocto Project open source development infrastructure, Wind River Linux uses the latest Linux kernel as its upstream source to ensure users have commercially supported access to the latest advancements from the open source community.
"Wind River continues to do important work with the Linux community, as well as foster open source innovation," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to the company’s on-going contributions to the Yocto Project, and their market success with products such as Wind River Linux.”
Wind River is a gold member of the Yocto Project Advisory Board, and continues to be a top contributor to the Yocto Project, holding numerous maintainer and technical lead positions, and contributing more than one third of the Yocto Project lines of code.