Subject: Linaro 11.09 released
To: Linaro Announce

The Linaro Team is pleased to announce the release of Linaro 11.09,
the Linaro’s fourth release delivered on a monthly cadence.

This release includes components delivered by all Linaro Teams: Working Groups,
Landing Teams and Platform Teams. As usual, it brings a lot of updates and new
features, integrated on top of Android and Ubuntu.

Among the improvements brought by this release and delivered by Linaro
engineers, it worths mentioning:
 * Beta release of our Continuous Integration (CI) Build Service focused on
   continuous large scale kernel tracking. This is a first step in support of
   the new Kernel Working Group developement model based on a stable tree and
   continuous integration of the Working Groups and Landing Teams Kernel.
 * Ubuntu based image distribution format has seen a big improvement through
   the arrival of hardware packs v2. This new format will allow more flexibility
   in shipping our growing board support alongside our hardware independent
   Ubuntu based images.
 * On the hardware enablement front, both Android and Ubuntu images have seen
   good improvements on most of our primary target boards. This includes the
   availability of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Android PandaBoard builds and audio
   (ALSA UCM) on our Ubuntu builds with proper kernel support.
 * Android image builds are first to incorporate the whole userspace and kernel
   using the Toolchain Working Group proposed -O3 option.
 * The Graphics Working Group added a xrender based compositing test to
   GLCompBench and merged a 2D convolution benchmarking scene and 3D
   screensaver inspired benchmarking scene to GLMark2. With these improvements,
   our set of graphics tests grows again by tests designed with real user
   experience use cases. In addition, GLMark2 is now integrated on all our
   Android builds and is automatically run in Linaro Validation Farm.
 * The Kernel Working Group continued their outstanding work to always make the
   very latest available ARM bits included as part of our linux-linaro 3.0.4
   based release. We include the ARM merged code of 3.1-rc1 from Russell King's
   tree, stable and ready for consumption.
 * LAVA saw various plumbing improvements. The number of PandaBoards deployed
   got a significant boost with roughly 15 boards now being active 24/7.
 * Last but not least, we have the usual updates of our core components from
   the Toolchain Working Group, including a fresh code drop for gcc-linaro,
   gdb-linaro and qemu-linaro. All those of course come pre-integrated for
   direct use on Ubuntu host as well as Android or Ubuntu targets.

We encourage everybody to use the 11.09 release. The download links for all
images and components are available on our downloads page:

  http://www.linaro.org/downloads/

See the detailed highlights of this release to get an overview of what has been
accomplished by the Working Groups, Landing Teams and Platform Teams.
The release details are linked from the "Details" column for each released
artifact on the release information:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1109/Release#Release_Information

Using the Android-based images
==============================

The Android-based images come in three parts: system, userdata and boot.
These need to be combined to form a complete Android install. For an
explanation of how to do this please see:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android/ImageInstallation

If you are interested in getting the source and building these images
yourself please see the following pages:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android/GetSource
  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android/BuildSource

Using the Ubuntu-based images
=============================

The Ubuntu-based images consist of two parts. The first part is a hardware
pack, which can be found under the hwpacks directory and 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 more information on how to create an image please see:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/DevPlatform/Ubuntu/ImageInstallation

Getting involved
================

More information on Linaro can be found on our websites:

 * Homepage: http://www.linaro.org
 * Wiki: http://wiki.linaro.org

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
   #linaro-android irc.linaro.org or irc.freenode.net

Known issues with this release
==============================

For any errata issues, please see:

  http://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1109/Release#Known_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

--
Fathi Boudra, on behalf of the Release Team
Linaro Release Manager | Validation Project Manager
Linaro.org | Open source software for ARM SoCs

Cycles/1109/Release/Announcement (last modified 2011-09-29 19:36:29)