Release Information

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.“ ~ Colin Powell

The Linaro 12.10 release is now available!

The Linaro 12.10 release cycle highlights the determination and hard work of all the Linaro Teams – Working Groups, Landing Teams and Platform Teams – who have provided all the updates and new features that are integrated on top of Android and Ubuntu during this development cycle. The 12.10 release is another example of how Linaro works together with its members, partners and community to continue to build the future of Linux on ARM.

On the ARMv8 front, Linaro is now making early ARMv8 images available to interested developers. For a primer on the ARMv8 architecture, the AArch64 execution state and the A64 instruction set, please visit the ARM portal. While there is currently no ARMv8 hardware available, ARM and Linaro have developed support for AArch64/A64 against virtual platforms and started sending the resulting patches to various open source projects. With the Linaro provided downloads and with ARM’s Fast Models virtual platform, you may boot a virtual ARMv8 system and run 64-bit binaries. These downloads are currently in beta, but they should just work and we are looking towards including them as part of our monthly releases. For more information on these ARMv8 images, please take a look at the Linaro Engineer pages on the Linaro website.

Work on big.LITTLE continues as the Linaro Kernel Working Group highlights its completion of TC2 support; noting that TC2 now boots with the latest IKS tree. Five new test cases have been added to handle simultaneous thread switching, important bugs such as Switcher Thumb-2 bug and Switcher deadlock issue when working on the memblock_steal(), vlock remaining locked under certain conditions were fixed along with and updated focus to run benchmarks with the latest IKS on TC2 to find optimization opportunities.

While some wondered if the idea of a consolidated kernel in the ARM ecosystem would remain a dream and something developers only longed for, the Linaro Kernel Working Group continues to work toward making that dream a reality and during the 12.10 Linaro development cycle announced that they will demo their work on their continued efforts on the single zImage kernel. Mark Orvek, Director for the Kernel Working Group at Linaro in a Google+ Hangout on Air discussion hinted to what attendees could expect to see at the LCE 12 -Copenhagen Demo Friday event. Orvek indicated that Deepak Saxena would be demo'ing a single kernel across several member boards. The full recorded Hangout is available on youtube.

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:

- Highlights of this release

  • Android

    • Linaro Android 12.10 has been upgraded to 4.1.1_r6 and then to 4.1.2.
    • Linaro Android builds are now shipped with improved instructions.
    • AOSP Galaxy Nexus builds are available from http://android-build.linaro.org and include DS-5 support.

    • Linaro Android toolchain has been updated to Linaro GCC 2012.10.
    • Dalvik benchmarked against Hard-FLoat Open JDK and Java SE.
    • Power meter improvements for LAVA automation.
    • Prepared Connect demonstrations
      • benchmarking methods and how it automates benchmarks.
      • Galaxy Nexus builds.
      • Hybrid Android: an Android build with a toolchain installed, an editor to edit code and other utilities to develop on an Android box.
      • power meter, based on NI equipement.
  • Developer Platform

    • OpenEmbedded now contains the 64-ready components for the ARMv8 bootstrap (Minimal, SDK and LAMP images published).

    • Package and components for the big.LITTLE project were updated based on the requirements for the 12.10 development cycle.
    • AArch64 Quantal image containing build-essential is now available (with instructions at https://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/DevPlatform/CrossCompile/arm64bootstrap)

    • Linux Linaro tree updated with the latest kernel development topics provided by Linaro, and also against the final v3.6 upstream release.
      • Linux Linaro, based on linux-linaro-core-tracking tree (llct-20121012.0 tag)
        • based on v3.6
        • includes 3.6.1 stable release
        • config fragments (config-core-tracking topic)
        • emmc patches from Kernel WG
        • updated linaro-android-3.6-jstultz-rebase topic
        • gator version 5.11
        • ubuntu-sauce-3.6
        • big-LITTLE-MP version 10
        • updated Versatile Express patches from ARM LT
        • updated Origen patches from Samsung LT
        • updated Android kernel config for Snowball from STE LT
      • Linux Linaro tracking, v3.4 based
        • updated tilt-3.4 topic from TI LT; now includes the 3.4.14 stable release
  • Infrastructure

    • Improved Linaro image tools validation. A CI has been set up to detect regressions and ensure older released images can always be generated.
    • Improve instructions provided on releases.linaro.org, snapshots.linaro.org and android-build.linaro.org. As an example, see http://releases.linaro.org/12.10/android/vexpress

  • Kernel

  • Power Management

    • v10 of the b.L MP patchset was integrated into LLCT. It contains:
      • updated versions of the following patchsets: PMU, load tracking, task placement
  • Toolchain

    • Linaro GCC 4.7 2012.10, updated to GCC 4.7.2+svn191881
      • Improve performance by using VLD1 instead of VLDM for NEON quad loads.
      • LP: #1053348: binary files are not merged from the FSF branches - Fixed.
    • Linaro GCC 4.6 2012.10, updates to 4.6.3+svn191880.
      • LP: #1029454 cselim tree optimizer generates incorrect code - Fixed.
    • Linaro Toolchain Binaries 2012.10, updated to latest Linaro GCC 4.7 2012.10
  • LAVA

    • Add a new mechanism to test Android, Ubuntu, and OpenEmbedded images.

    • Support for testing ARMv8 Foundation Models.
    • New router for the Validation lab deployed.
    • WiFi access point is now connected to the internet and is used in our daily tests.

  • big.LITTLE System

    • Completed TC2 support. TC2 now boots with the latest IKS tree
    • Added five new test cases to handle simultaneous thread switching
    • Few important bugs were fixed: Switcher Thumb-2 bug, Switcher deadlock issue when working on the memblock_steal(), vlock remaining locked under certain conditions.
    • Team changed focus to run benchmarks with the latest IKS on TC2 to find optimization opportunities.

Getting Started

Download the images for Linaro 12.10 supported platforms and follow the instructions for installing the image on your device.

Evaluation Builds (preview/LEBs)

Version

Release

Instructions

Download for...

Details

Status

Portal/IDB/icon-android-button-128x64.png

4.1.2

12.10

here

Origen
PandaBoard
Snowball
Versatile Express

linaro-android details

Origen
PandaBoard
Snowball
Versatile Express

IconsPage/icon-ubuntu-button-128x64.png

Precise

12.10

here

Origen*
PandaBoard
Versatile Express

linaro-ubuntu details

Origen
PandaBoard
Versatile Express

(*) preview build; not officially supported yet

Developers and Community Builds

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Developers and community builds are not officially supported. However, we hope that they are useful and hence we publish a list of last-known-to-work images and hardware packs.

Name

Version

Release

Instructions

Download for...

Portal/IDB/icon-android-logo-24x24.png

Android

4.1.2

12.10

here

Galaxy Nexus

Portal/IDB/icon-openembedded-logo-24x24.png

OpenEmbedded (Aarch64)

2012.10~rc3

12.10

here

Versatile Express Aarch64

Portal/IDB/icon-linux-logo-24x24.png

Nano

Precise

12.10

here

Origen, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

Portal/IDB/icon-linux-logo-24x24.png

Developer

Precise

12.10

here

Origen, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

Portal/IDB/icon-linux-logo-24x24.png

ARM Linux Internet Platform (ALIP)

Precise

12.10

here

Origen, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

Portal/IDB/icon-ubuntu-circle-24x24.png

Ubuntu Desktop

Precise

12.10

here

Origen, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

Android Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

android-toolchain 4.7 (ICS, JB)

4.7-2012.10

12.10

android-toolchain download

android-toolchain (Gingerbread, ICS)

4.6-2012.07

12.07

android-toolchain download

aosp software rendering patches

2011.12

11.12

aosp software rendering patches download

ics gcc 4.6 patches

4.6-2011.12

11.12

ics gcc 4.6 patches download

Graphics Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

compiz

0.9.8.0+bzr20120419.2012.04

12.04

compiz download

compiz details

compiz-plugins

0.9.7.0+bzr20120410.2012.04

12.04

compiz-plugins download

compiz-plugins details

glcompbench

2012.07

12.07

glcompbench download

glcompbench details

glew

1.7.0-2011.10

11.10

glew download

glew details

glmark2

2012.08

12.08

glmark2 download

glmark2 details

glproxy

2012.04

12.04

glproxy download

glproxy details

libmatrix

2012.05

12.05

libmatrix download

libmatrix details

nux

1.16.0-2011.10

11.10

nux download

nux details

smartt

0.5

11.06

smartt download

smartt details

unity

5.0

12.02

unity download

unity details

Kernel Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

linux-linaro

3.6-2012.10

12.10

linux-linaro download

linux-linaro details

u-boot-linaro

2012.09.1

12.09

u-boot-linaro download

u-boot-linaro details

uefi-linaro

2012.09

12.09

u-boot-linaro download

u-boot-linaro details

Landing Teams Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

linux-linaro-android-lt-samsung

3.4-2012.09

12.09

linux-linaro-lt-samsung download

linux-linaro-lt-samsung details

linux-linaro-android-lt-st-ericsson

3.4-2012.06

12.06

linux-linaro-lt-st-ericsson download

linux-linaro-lt-st-ericsson details

linux-linaro-android-lt-ti

3.4-2012.09

12.09

linux-linaro-android-lt-ti download

linux-linaro-android-lt-ti details

linux-linaro-lt-samsung

3.6-rc6-2012.09

12.09

linux-linaro-lt-samsung download

linux-linaro-lt-samsung details

linux-linaro-lt-st-ericsson

3.3-2012.06

12.06

linux-linaro-lt-st-ericsson download

linux-linaro-lt-st-ericsson details

linux-linaro-lt-ti

3.4-2012.09

12.09

linux-linaro-lt-ti download

linux-linaro-lt-ti details

Multimedia Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

alsa-lib

1.0.25.1-2012.04

12.04

alsa-lib download

alsa-lib details

alsa-ucm-conf

2011.11

11.11

alsa-ucm-conf download

alsa-ucm-conf details

alsa-ucm-test

0.1-2011.12

11.12

alsa-ucm-test download

alsa-ucm-test details

directfb

1.6.0pre1-2011.11

11.11

libpng download

libpng details

libpng

1.5.6beta3-2011.11

11.11

libpng download

libpng details

libjpeg-turbo

1.2.1+svn837

12.06

libjpeg-turbo download

libjpeg-turbo details

pulseaudio-ucm

2.0-2012.06

12.06

pulseaudio-ucm download

pulseaudio-ucm details

samplemedia test content

2011.10

11.10

samplemedia test content download

samplemedia test content details

Platform Components

lava bundle

2012.05

12.05

lava bundle download

lava bundle details

lava-android-test

0.11

12.09

lava-android-test download

lava-android-test details

lava-dashboard

0.22.1

12.09

lava-dashboard download

lava-dashboard details

lava-dashboard-tool

0.7

12.03

lava-dashboard-tool download

lava-dashboard-tool details

lava-deployment-tool

1.0

12.09

lava-deployment-tool download

lava-deployment-tool details

lava-dispatcher

0.18

12.09

lava-dispatcher download

lava-dispatcher details

lava-master-image-scripts

2012.09

12.09

lava-master-image-scripts download

lava-master-image-scripts details

lava-kernel-ci-views

0.4.0

12.02

lava-kernel-ci-views download

lava-kernel-ci-views details

lava-scheduler

0.22.1

12.09

lava-scheduler download

lava-scheduler details

lava-scheduler-tool

0.4

12.04

lava-scheduler-tool download

lava-scheduler-tool details

lava-server

0.18.1

12.09

lava-server download

lava-server details

lava-test

0.11

12.09

lava-test download

lava-test details

lava-tool

0.5

12.06

lava-tool download

lava-tool details

linaro-django-xmlrpc

0.5

12.02

linaro-django-xmlrpc download

linaro-django-xmlrpc details

linaro-image-tools

2012.10

12.10

linaro-image-tools download

linaro-image-tools details

linaro-python-dashboard-bundle

1.7.3

12.09

linaro-python-dashboard-bundle download

linaro-python-dashboard-bundle details

svammel

2011.09

11.09

svammel download

svammel details

Power Management Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

power-qa

0.3.0

12.05

linaro-pm-qa download

linaro-pm-qa details

powerdebug

0.6.1-2011.10

11.10

linaro-powerdebug download

linaro-powerdebug details

powertop

2.0-2012.06

12.06

linaro-powertop download

linaro-powertop details

Toolchain Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

cortex-strings*

1.0-2011.09

11.09

cortex-strings download

cortex-strings details

gcc-linaro (Aarch64)

4.7-2012.10~rc3

12.10

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gcc-linaro

4.7-2012.10

12.10

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gcc-linaro

4.6-2012.10

12.10

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gcc-linaro

4.5-2012.03

12.03

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gdb-linaro

7.5-2012.09

12.09

gdb-linaro download

gdb-linaro details

qemu-linaro

1.2.0-2012.09

12.09

qemu-linaro download

qemu-linaro details

(*) component delivered as needed

We provide pre-built versions of Linaro GCC and Linaro GDB that target either a Linaro Evaluation Build or a bare-metal target.

Name

Version

Release

Instructions

Download

Details

linaro-toolchain-binaries

4.7-2012.10

12.10

here

Linux
Windows
Windows Installer
Source

linaro-toolchain-binaries details

More interested in bare-metal and long-term maintained releases for ARM embedded processors? We're working with ARM to also supply a Cortex-R and Cortex-M bare-metal build. Major releases will be made once a year with quarterly update releases. Releases will be maintained for two years.

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

gcc-arm-none-eabi

4.6-20111208

11.12

Linux
Windows
Source 1/2
Source 2/2

gcc-arm-none-eabi details

Known Issues

Bug

Description

Affected

Board(s)

1005446

Audio Record & Playback doesn't work in Panda ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1005735

Origen ubuntu can't stay in the suspend mode.

Ubuntu

1017479

Many SD card errors in vexpress Linaro ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1018654

YouTube can't be played smoothly on vexpress Linaro ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1018663

Can't play 480p video smoothly on vexpress board with Linaro ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1021156

HDMI doesn't work on Samsung Origen board with Linaro Android JB image.

Android

1028786

Totem movie player is no response for mouse click event on Origen ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1029373

Contact/Email sync doesn't work on vexpress board with Linaro Android image.

Android

1031336

Panda: possible recursive locking detected

Ubuntu

1032538

snowball: when trying to download and install apk the download is never finished or results in kernel panic

Android

1032703

Alarm clock doesn't work on Origen Jelly Bean.

Android

1032708

No camera app on Origen Jelly Bean.

Android

1032714

Bluetooth device scan failed on Origen Jelly Bean.

Android

1032719

Speech Recorder crashed on Origen Jelly Bean after clicking Record button.

Android

1033341

Video Playback failed on Origen Jelly Bean.

Android

1033930

Tethering option not available on Panda JB build

Android

1033944

suspend/resume doesn't work on panda android JB build

Android

1033953

Gallery/music application not detecting the content on sdcard on panda android JB build

Android

1033959

usb-camera not working on panda android JB build

Android

1033972

Phone app missing from Panda android JB build

Android

1033994

Bluetooth file transfer doesn't work with panda JB build

Android

1034774

Wifi/BT enabling does not works on snowball android JB build

Android

1034789

Snowball : SDCard partition not mounted - Gallery not able to play video on snowball JB android build

Android

1034820

Camera application missing on snowball android Jellybean build

Android

1034886

youtube video not playing on snowball android Jellybean build

Android

1036119

Angry birds throws error after running for some time on snowball android jellybean build

Android

1036642

Angry birds not working Panda Jellybean

Android

1038079

System hangs when "pwrmgmt" test runs to "cpuhotplug_02" on Origen with Linaro ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1038445

No camera app on vexpress Jelly Bean.

Android

1042062

"Ethernet Devices" list is empty after enable Ethernet in ECM of Origen Jelly Bean.

Android

1043327

Bluetooth is unavailable on Origen ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

1043355

WiFi is unavailable on Origen ubuntu.

Ubuntu

1045280

YouTube video playback failed on Origen Jelly Bean.

Android

1045818

"cpuhotplug_07" failed on Panda 4460 ubuntu.

Ubuntu

1047298

Speech Recorder crashed on vexpress A9 Jelly Bean after clicking Record button.

Android

1048475

"DEADLOCK" error occurred during Panda 4460 ubuntu boot.

Ubuntu

1048490

Origen can't be woken up with Linaro Jelly Bean tracking build.

Android

1048921

WiFi access point search failed on Origen Jelly Bean tracking build.

Android

1048923

Target can't access Internet after got a tethering IP from Origen Jelly Bean tracking build.

Android

1048930

Origen Jelly Bean tracking build can't download APK file from Internet.

Android

1048932

Email can't safely connect to server on Origen Jelly Bean tracking build.

Android

1048934

People app can't sync remote contact list on Origen with Linaro Jelly Bean tracking build.

Android

1048935

Calendar app can't sync remote calendar items on Origen with Linaro Jelly Bean tracking build.

Android

1050276

System crashed when run Power Management test on Panda 4430 ubuntu.

Ubuntu

1050337

Calendar application always requires to add account, Email, People app sync not happening on snowball JB build

Android

1057193

Tethering feature is unavailable on vexpress A9 board with Linaro Jelly Bean image.

Android

1057199

Download file via Browser failed on vexpress A9 board with Linaro Jelly Bean image.

Android

1057208

Google calendar sync failed on vexpress A9 board with Linaro Jelly Bean image.

Android

1067784

UEFI: A9 crashes on boot with Device Tree

Ubuntu

1069648

Eth0 has to be manually selected from ECM to make Ethernet work

Android

1069752

Gallery throws "Can't Play this video" with panda JB build

Android

1069786

Suspend/Resume not working with Snowball JB build

Android

1069841

rhythmbox is working with gstreamer multimedia plugins for panda_ubuntu images

Ubuntu

1071153

rendering issues on android-build frontend

Android

872044

Bluetooth 'Send files' returns permission denied error

Ubuntu

880428

HW graphics acceleration does not work on Origen with Ubuntu LEB

Ubuntu

890601

Missing GL ES 2.0 drivers, unable to run GLMark2 benchmark

Android

893127

vexpress: No sound in Android

Android

893175

vexpress: ADB over USB doesn't work

Android

897549

USB mass storage functionality missing

Android

906344

vexpress: ICS: Suspend-Resume doesn't work

Android

906363

vexpress: ICS: No thumbnails in gallery application

Android

908082

vexpress: Video playback fails in Gallery app

Android

923667

Snowball kernel does not use device tree

Android

938487

Origen: Missing automatic detection of the HDMI Video output

Ubuntu

958986

Device Tree is unavailable on Linaro Android build for Samsung Origen Board.

Android

966373

vexpress: ubuntu: Reboot and shutdown don't work

Ubuntu

987172

vexpress: YouTube video playback fails

Android

987181

vexpress: Device-tree not yet supported on A9

Android

987771

Panda: Youtube video playback fails

Android

988977

Microphone doesn't work on Origen ubuntu image.

Ubuntu

989547

Panda 4430: suspend resume fails

Ubuntu

996438

Panda: Bluetooth functionality broken

Ubuntu

When filling new bugs, please check if it's not yet reported. You can use:

Workarounds

Android

* (none).

Ubuntu

* (none).

linaro-image-tools

* (none).

LAVA

* (none).

Where To Find More Information

More information on Linaro can be found on our website.

Feedback and Support

Subscribe to the important Linaro mailing lists and join our IRC channels to stay on top of Linaro developments.

* Linaro Development mailing list: http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-dev * IRC channels on irc.linaro.org or irc.freenode.net:

#linaro
#linaro-android

* Bug reports 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 Linaro project. * Questions? ask Linaro. * Interested in commercial support? inquire at Linaro support <support AT linaro DOT org>

- Announcement

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat,
determination and hard work.“ ~ Colin Powell

The Linaro 12.10 release is now available!

The Linaro 12.10 release cycle highlights the determination and hard
work of all the Linaro Teams – Working Groups, Landing Teams and
Platform Teams – who have provided all the updates and new features
that are integrated on top of Android and Ubuntu during this
development cycle. The 12.10 release is another example of how Linaro
works together with its members, partners and community to continue to
build the future of Linux on ARM.

On the ARMv8 front, Linaro is now making early ARMv8 images available
to interested developers. For a primer on the ARMv8 architecture,
the AArch64 execution state and the A64 instruction set, please visit
the ARM portal: http://www.arm.com/products/processors/instruction-set-architectures/armv8-architecture.php
While there is currently no ARMv8 hardware available, ARM and Linaro
have developed support for AArch64/A64 against virtual platforms and
started sending the resulting patches to various open source projects.
With the Linaro provided downloads and with ARM’s Fast Models virtual
platform, you may boot a virtual ARMv8 system and run 64-bit binaries.
These downloads are currently in beta, but they should just work and
we are looking towards including them as part of our monthly releases.
For more information on these ARMv8 images, please take a look at
the Linaro Engineer pages on the Linaro website:
http://www.linaro.org/engineering/armv8

Work on big.LITTLE continues as the Linaro Kernel Working Group
highlights its completion of TC2 support; noting that TC2 now boots
with the latest IKS tree. Five new test cases have been added to handle
simultaneous thread switching, important bugs such as Switcher Thumb-2
bug and Switcher deadlock issue when working on the memblock_steal(),
vlock remaining locked under certain conditions were fixed along with
and updated focus to run benchmarks with the latest IKS on TC2 to find
optimization opportunities. 

While some wondered if the idea of a consolidated kernel in the ARM
ecosystem would remain a dream and something developers only longed for,
the Linaro Kernel Working Group continues to work toward making that
dream a reality and during the 12.10 Linaro development cycle announced
that they will demo their work on their continued efforts on the single
zImage kernel. Mark Orvek, Director for the Kernel Working Group at
Linaro in a Google+ Hangout on Air discussion hinted to what attendees
could expect to see at the LCE 12 -Copenhagen Demo Friday event. Orvek
indicated that Deepak Saxena would be demo'ing a single kernel across
several member boards. The full recorded Hangout is available on:
http://youtu.be/t71JNNO6IDo

We encourage everybody to use the 12.10 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:

* Android
 * Linaro Android 12.10 has been upgraded to 4.1.1_r6 and then to 4.1.2.
 * Linaro Android builds are now shipped with improved instructions.
 * AOSP Galaxy Nexus builds are available from
   http://android-build.linaro.org and include DS-5 support.
 * Linaro Android toolchain has been updated to Linaro GCC 2012.10.
 * Dalvik benchmarked against Hard-FLoat Open JDK and Java SE.
 * Power meter improvements for LAVA automation.
 * Prepared Connect demonstrations
  * benchmarking methods and how it automates benchmarks.
  * Galaxy Nexus builds.
  * Hybrid Android: an Android build with a toolchain installed, an
    editor to edit code and other utilities to develop on an Android
    box.
  * power meter, based on NI equipement.

* Developer Platform
 * OpenEmbedded now contains the 64-ready components for the ARMv8
   bootstrap (Minimal, SDK and LAMP images published).
 * Package and components for the big.LITTLE project were updated based
   on the requirements for the 12.10 development cycle.
 * AArch64 Quantal image containing build-essential is now available,
   with instructions at
   https://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/DevPlatform/CrossCompile/arm64bootstrap
 * Linux Linaro tree updated with the latest kernel development topics
   provided by Linaro, and also against the final v3.6 upstream release.
  * Linux Linaro, based on linux-linaro-core-tracking tree
   * based on v3.6
   * includes 3.6.1 stable release
   * config fragments (config-core-tracking topic)
   * emmc patches from Kernel WG
   * updated linaro-android-3.6-jstultz-rebase topic
   * gator version 5.11
   * ubuntu-sauce-3.6
   * big-LITTLE-MP version 10
   * updated Versatile Express patches from ARM LT
   * updated Origen patches from Samsung LT
   * updated Android kernel config for Snowball from STE LT
  * Linux Linaro tracking, v3.4 based
   * updated tilt-3.4 topic from TI LT; now includes the 3.4.14 stable
     release.

* Infrastructure
 * Improved Linaro image tools validation. A CI has been set up to
   detect regressions and ensure older released images can always be
   generated.
 * Improve instructions provided on releases.linaro.org,
   snapshots.linaro.org and android-build.linaro.org. As an example,
   see http://releases.linaro.org/12.10/android/vexpress

* Kernel
 * Continue work on consolidation/cleanup for single zImage
  * Converted clock lookups for Ux500
    http://marc.info/?l=linux-arm-kernel&m=135091433920465&w=2
  * Converting Ux500 to SPARSE_IRQ
    http://marc.info/?l=linux-arm-kernel&m=135058075015142&w=2
  * Converted Exynos to common clock framework
    http://marc.info/?l=linux-arm-kernel&m=134963007028275&w=2

* Power Management
 * v10 of the b.L MP patchset was integrated into LLCT. It contains
   updated versions of the following patchsets: PMU, load tracking,
   task placement.

* Toolchain
 * Linaro GCC 4.7 2012.10, updated to GCC 4.7.2+svn191881
  * Improve performance by using VLD1 instead of VLDM for NEON quad
    loads.
  * LP: #1053348: binary files are not merged from the FSF branches - Fixed.
 * Linaro GCC 4.6 2012.10, updates to 4.6.3+svn191880.
  * LP: #1029454 cselim tree optimizer generates incorrect code - Fixed.
 * Linaro Toolchain Binaries 2012.10, updated to latest
   Linaro GCC 4.7 2012.10.

* LAVA
 * Add a new mechanism to test Android, Ubuntu, and OpenEmbedded
   images.
 * Support for testing ARMv8 Foundation Models.
 * New router for the Validation lab deployed.
 * WiFi access point is now connected to the internet and is used in
   Linaro's daily tests.

* big.LITTLE System
 * Completed TC2 support. TC2 now boots with the latest IKS tree.
 * Added five new test cases to handle simultaneous thread switching.
 * Few important bugs were fixed: Switcher Thumb-2 bug,
   Switcher deadlock issue when working on the memblock_steal(),
   vlock remaining locked under certain conditions.
 * Team changed focus to run benchmarks with the latest IKS on TC2
   to find optimization opportunities.

The release details are linked from the “Details” column for each
released artifact on the release information:

http://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1210/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/1210/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/1210/Release (last modified 2012-10-25 16:41:29)