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Tracking open source projects in Linaro

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status.linaro.org

status.linaro.org
Linaro is a huge project participating in many open source communities and working on a whole host of improvements for the Linux on ARM space. Monitoring all this good work and ensuring deliverables are on track is the task of a new project which was just rolled out called Status.

Linaro engineering is done in cycles, each of which is six months in length so Status always shows information for the current cycle. There are plans to extend this to show past and future work too.

Technical Requirements, Blueprints, Work Items and Burndown Charts

Status is an evolution from the burndown method of tracking which Ubuntu uses (Ubuntu’s current burndown can be see here) but using a combination of process and code changes, shows more of a requirement focused view. This is because Linaro decided early on to use the notion of Technical Requirements, driving engineering effort from the top down to generate work items to be done. These requirements are gathered before the start of each cycle and the process involves partner discussions, community involvement and public review. This is well documented on the Linaro wiki, suffice to say this process generates a lot of work.

These high level requirements are then broken down into Blueprints and finally into Work Items and Status is there to help make sense of all this.

Status Breakdown

The main Status page shows the progress towards the work done in Linaro and links off to more information on a per-Technical Requirement basis. To get at a more focused breakdown the header toolbar across the top of the Status webpage allows you to view the information per team, per milestone or even per individual. All of these views give you a window in to the work being done during the Linaro Engineering Cycle (currently Linaro 11.05).

Navigating around the site gives you a great sense of achievement. Linaro is undertaking a huge amount of engineering work and with Status, visualising that effort just became a lot easier.

Over the coming months we will be improving Status to incorporate more information but for now, I give you status.linaro.org.

Written by Jamie Bennett

February 14th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Linaro 11.05 Alpha-2 Released

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After a couple of last minute scares, Alpha-2 is out the door.

Hi,

The Linaro team is pleased to announce the availability of the 11.05
Alpha-2 images. These are still very early developer images but we
encourage all with supported hardware to use and test them by
downloading from:

http://releases.linaro.org/platform/linaro-n/

Highlights of this release include:

* Added Gumstix Overo support.
* New Developer image including console base developer tools.
* Complete rewrite of the installation tools (linaro-image-tools) to
improve the user experience.
* A staggering 141 out of 160 packages have been upgraded since
Alpha-1.

The images consist of two parts. A hardware pack which can be found
under the ./hwpacks directory which contains hardware specific packages
such as the kernel and bootloader. The second part is the rootfs which
is combined with the hardware pack to create a complete image. For
information on how to create an image please see:

http://wiki.linaro.org/Releases/MilestoneBuilds

More information on Linaro in general and the 11.05 plans can be
found at:

* Homepage: http://www.linaro.org
* Wiki: http://wiki.linaro.org
* 11.05: http://wiki.linaro.org/Releases/1105

Also subscribe to the important Linaro mailing lists and join our IRC
channels to stay on top of Linaro developments:

* Announcements:

http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-announce

* Development:

http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-dev

* IRC:
#linaro on irc.linaro.org or irc.freenode.net

For any errata issues please see:

http://wiki.linaro.org/Releases/1105/Alpha2#Issues

Bug reports for this release should be filed in Launchpad against the
individual packages that are affected, if a suitable package cannot be
identified, feel free to assign them to:

http://www.launchpad.net/linaro

Regards,
Jamie.

Linaro Release Manager

Read more over on the Linaro wiki.

Written by Jamie Bennett

February 3rd, 2011 at 9:13 pm