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Linaro image downloads

Written by Jamie Bennett on January 27th, 2011 at 11:17 am in Linux

The Linaro 10.11 cycle was a great success. A huge amount of engineering effort was undertaken and the organisation as a whole has grown at such a rate as to quadruple since its launch in June last year. Whist the main goal of Linaro is to fundamentally change the way Linux works on ARM hardware upstream it is imperative that any changes Linaro does are well integrated, tested, and validated together in a common platform and that is where Linaro’s whole system images are most valuable.

In Linaro we monitor download statistics for each of our images to try to figure out exactly what our consumers want to see from them. Initially, it was thought that a well integrated ‘console-only’ image for testing and verification on ARM hardware would be the most popular, especially as modern ARM hardware usually comes in the form of a bare board at the moment. Its been refreshing to see that our audience want much more than a console prompt.

Breakdown of image downloads for Linaro Oct 2010-Dec 2010

It seems an Ubuntu-like experience is particularly attractive to holders of ARM based hardware. The list of images we currently produce is being evaluated at the moment to further target our audience but its clear that an Ubuntu-like experience is the de-facto for ARM devices.

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  2. Interesting data & post Jamie.

    Couple of things to take into perspective.

    1. The availability of deployed platforms heavily influences this. E.g., ARM based netbook platforms are decently accessible in 2010.

    2. As the ARM hardware get powerful with time we will see more users/developers comfortable with using non-headless experiences (netbook or otherwise)

    3. The current data is indeed influenced by the Linaro leveraging Ubuntu, developer audiences & some of it’s current focus.


    28 Jan 11 at 7:17 pm

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