The developer of a popular line of tiny single-board computers roughly the size of gum sticks, has joined the Yocto Project. Gumstix says it plans to use Yocto’s build system to generate customized Linux operating systems for its ARM-based “Overo” modules.
According to Gumstix, the Yocto Project, an open-source collaboration project hosted by the Linux Foundation, provides tools and infrastructure that facilitate developing customized Linux distributions, independent of any specific hardware architecture.
“With a wide array of tools to develop, maintain and test customized Linux images, the Yocto Project streamlines the process of developing an embedded Linux implementation,” says Gumstix CEO Gordon Kruberg.
Gumstix Overo Air module
“Notable among [Yocto's components] is a build system based on OpenEmbedded architecture, with which developers are able to adapt Gumstix’s existing Yocto Project layers for the Overo line to their own needs,” Kruberg explains. “This permits centralized incorporation and exclusion of desired system components, rapidly creating tailored Linux solutions ideal for embedded solutions implementations.”
“Full, collaborative, open-source project support for our Overo COMs makes Gumstix’s hardware platforms even more versatile as complete, embedded solutions while minimizing development time and maximizing efficiency,” concludes Kruberg.
Gumstix currently offers two versions of its Yocto Project layer for the Overo COM line: one featuring a full desktop environment and the other featuring console access only.