At last month’s Embedded Linux Conference, a technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products in San Jose, California, Tim Bird from Sony presented a topic on mainline integration of the Linux kernel. Get a recap of this session, download the presentation, and find out how this relates to our open source activities.
Linux is an important part of Sony’s heritage as the Xperia line of smartphones run Android, which is based on the Linux kernel. A hot topic in the Linux community is mainlining – having a patch included an Android kernel release – and this is exactly what Tim Bird, Senior Software Engineer at Sony, talked about at the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC). If you’ve contributed work back to the mainline kernel, you’ve probably had to deal with older kernel versions, or dependency on code not upstream. Others may have encountered the inability to test. Whatever the barriers are, learn how to overcome them by downloading the Overcoming obstacles to mainlining presentation from Developer World.
At Sony, one way for us to address these barriers from inside is our work with the kernel related to our open devices. Since we started this initiative, it has become easier for open source developers to work on and innovate with our hardware. Currently, we provide a new 3.10 kernel on GitHub, which is a step closer to the mainline kernel. Thanks to this, we now have 14 open devices using the same kernel. We encourage all interested developers to join this open source initiative, which will enable us in the future with the ability to run open devices with the mainline kernel.
If you have any questions about embedded Linux development, or if you’re interested in developing for the Linux kernel, please leave them in the comments field below!
Feature image courtesy of Linux Foundation, Embedded Linux Conference 2015.
- Download Tim Bird’s Overcoming obstacles to mainlining presentation from ELC 2015.
- See Tim Bird’s video presentation on the Status of Embedded Linux from ELC Europe 2013.
- Learn how to build and flash a Linux kernel on Xperia devices.
- Learn how to unlock the boot loader of an Xperia device.
- See all of our future embedded Linux events we’ll be a part of on the Developer World event calendar.