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August 29, 2012

Codethink's Baserock Embedded Linux Offers Continuous Integration for Enhanced Development of Linux-based Systems

Codethink, a Linux consulting company headquartered in the UK unveiled its new Baserock Embedded Linux software, open source release version 1.1, Secret Volcano, and which will enable silicon chipset and board vendors as well as original device manufacturers and systems integrators to keep pace with the rapid development of Linux and dramatically reduce product development cycles.

"Many ARM (News - Alert) based systems developers would prefer to develop and build on ARM systems but today have to cross-compile from x86 processors. We have therefore developed a hardware solution to address this issue and will be announcing the availability of our ARM server imminently," Paul Sherwood, chief executive officer of Codethink said in a statement.

Baserock is a Linux build system for the development of embedded, industrial or bare-metal server-based Linux systems. For developers the "Secret Volcano" release provides virtual machine images and a sample base image to demonstrate a Baserock-produced small system image. The Baserock build system promotes the principles of continuous integration (CI) through the entire process of Linux systems development. While the Baserock Slab was designed for building ARM-based embedded systems, they also serve as energy efficient and highly concentrated cloud or appliance servers.

Using CI, Baserock makes it easier to develop Linux-based systems and to integrate system components. Products can be kept up-to-date, maintained and improved through continuous delivery (CD). Baserock will make it faster to reproduce a specific build as well as speeding up the process of upgrading and rolling back between different versions of systems, all at a lower cost than existing approaches.

Baserock source code is available for building on 64-bit x86 and for ARM systems. Virtual machine binaries are available for 64-bit x86 machines. Through native compilation of software and images, Baserock will provide a robust and highly efficient build environment which is as closely aligned to upstream development environments as possible.

In other news, Codethink announced it is a new Associate Member of GENIVI Alliance, a not-for-profit industry association which works to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. 

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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