Code Aurora Forum and Linux Foundation join forces to further expand collaboration across projects in mobile and embedded markets
SAN FRANCISCO, August 29, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Code Aurora Forum (CAF) will become part of Linux Foundation Labs . This move will increase collaboration across mobile and embedded Linux development efforts and accelerate code contributions to the Linux kernel.
CAF was originally established in 2009 as a nonprofit consortium of companies with open source projects serving the mobile wireless industry. CAF projects provide the tested code needed to bring innovative, performance-optimized, open source-based products to market and also serves as a staging area for code that is submitted to upstream projects. CAF welcomes projects running on multiple architectures.
The organization is currently comprised of eight leading mobile software companies – GIGA-BYTE/GSmart, Igalia, Innominds, Qualcomm Atheros, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., SpectraCore Technologies, Symphony Teleca and Thundersoft. Those that are not already Linux Foundation members will now become Silver members of The Linux Foundation.
With the rise of Linux in the mobile and embedded markets, collaboration among Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), software vendors and Linux developers has become essential to advancing the operating system (OS) in these areas. CAF provides the framework for companies to collaborate on mobile open source technology.
By hosting CAF as a Linux Foundation Labs project, members of CAF can work more closely with the entire ecosystem of Linux stakeholders, accelerating work and mirroring key upstream projects for use by the community. CAF welcomes the participation of existing and new companies and projects supporting multiple architectures.
“CAF represents an important resource for the Linux community,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “With more than 20 active projects, CAF brings to The Linux Foundation a body of work that through increased collaboration can help advance Linux in high-growth mobile and embedded areas.”
“This change is fundamentally good news for anyone interested in furthering the evolution of mobile Linux – and even more so for the members of CAF,” said CAF President John Boackle, Jr. “I am confident that this change will go far toward helping us further our shared goals.”
“This transition – with CAF becoming a Labs project of the Linux Foundation – is a real milestone in the maturation of mobile Linux development,” said Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. “The synergies between CAF’s priorities to upstream mobile Linux innovations and those of the Linux Foundation overall are undeniable and should now significantly accelerate CAF’s efforts.”
More comments from CAF members  are available in The Linux Foundation newsroom.
Examples of current CAF projects include:
- work on the MSM/QSD Snapdragon™ project, a collection point for samples, patches, and other materials specifically associated with Linux applications of the MSM/QSD family of devices.
- mirroring the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and providing enhancements;
- performance enhancements and bug fixes to key projects enabling the mobile Web;
- collaboration around and enhancement of the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
The Linux Foundation will take over the management of CAF’s technical collaboration infrastructure and integrate CAF’s work into Linux Foundation events, training and other activities. The Linux Foundation hosts a variety of Linux Foundation Labs projects and technical workgroups that are helping to advance the OS in the mobile, embedded and consumer electronics markets. The Consumer Electronic Workgroup, Long-Term Stable Initiative and Yocto Project are just a few examples.
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