Release Information

"Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs." ~ Vaclav Havel

The Linaro 13.03 release is now available for download!

The 13.03 Linaro release highlights the focused efforts 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, Ubuntu and OpenEmbedded during this release cycle. The vision of the future of Linux on ARM is brought into focus through the collaborative efforts of those dedicated to making the vision a reality one step and one release at a time. The 13.03 cycle contributions are numerous and continues to venture into new areas of the ARM ecosystem with each release.

About this release:

13.03 was a exceptional cycle for the Linaro Android Team. There was a lot of planning done during the most recent Linaro Connect event in Hong Kong and some of those plans have already been put into action during this cycle. The initial bring up of Android for Arndale as an engineering platform is now complete and we now have a Tiny Android build for Arndale. Engineers should see an Android with GUI released for the 13.04 Linaro release cycle. The Origen-Quad build is now updated with the new bootloaders and the needed changes for linaro-image-tools have been completed. Bernhard Rosenkränzer, Android Engineer at Linaro did an exceptional job in making the current toolchain available natively inside Linaro Android builds. The builds now include gcc, g++, vim, make, a terminal emulator and a vi-friendly keyboard; however, compiling the kernel on the board itself has yet to be tried. The team encourages interested individuals to give a try and report any bugs. Axel Fagerstedt, Android Engineer at Linaro, did an excellent job in unifying all the different manifests with the groups feature. The team started with 17 manifests and have now come to 1 manifest supporting 8 different builds and one additional manifest for a member build. The released toolchains are now being checked into a prebuilts/ git repository and pulled in by the manifest as opposed to being downloaded as separate tarballs. This is the approach used by AOSP to distribute the toolchain. The Linaro Android Team have also enabled CTS in LAVA for 4.2. The support for CTS in lava-android-test was reworked for stability during the upgrade and as a result more than 99% of CTS tests are now passing for Galaxy Nexus with linaro-android build when tested manually with lava-android-test. CTS was enabled for the engineering builds; however, more investigation need to be done on CTS tests that are not getting executed in LAVA for these engineering builds.

The Linaro Kernel Working Group work for the 13.03 cycle includes depopulate the Exynos <mach-exynos/include-mach> directory, convert UX500 to common clk, refactor EHCI controller code, depopulate the UX500 and plat-nomadik <mach/*> and <plat/*>, Android alarm-dev compat_ioctl support updates, improvements to eMMC Power Management support.

On the Automation and Validation front, LAVA now supports Arndale booting with UEFI and the bootloader configuration is being done "on the fly".

The Linaro Graphics Working Group posted the following patches for acceptance upstream during the 13.03 release cycle. Version 10 of CMA-ION patches were posted by Benjamin Gaignard. Tom Gall updated and posted the Android piglit enablement patches for OpenGL ES 2 as well as Version 1 of variable-index-* shader-tests extended for Android and Linux. Version 1 of debugfs support for dma-buf was posted by Sumit Semwal and Version 9 of DRM FIMD DT support for Exynos4 DT machine was posted by Vikas Sajjan.

The Linaro Power Management Working Group has upstreamed the dynamic timer irq affinity--set up the timer irq affinity to the CPU concerned by the first timer expiration. The cpufreq driver for IKS is now optimized and analysis of HMP scheduler optimizations using bbench and their applicability to A15 SMP systems is now complete. Updates to sched include a modified timer and workqueue framework to allow migration to non-idle CPUs. Powerdebug was ported and now available on the Android platform.

The Linaro Toolchain Working Group had a busy 13.03 release cycle as well. Changes to the Toolchain binaries release include Linaro GCC being updated to GCC 4.7.2+svn196272, includes arm/aarch64-4.7-branch up to svn revision 196225. Linaro QEMU 2013.03 was also released earlier this cycle and is based off upstream (trunk) QEMU --1.4.0 release-- and includes a number of ARM-focused bug fixes and enhancements. Updates for this release include ARM KVM support patches which are in sync with the ABI as committed to the upstream Linux kernel for 3.9--note: this feature is still under development, but will no longer be subject to kernel-vs-userspace ABI breaks.

The Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG) announced that the initial GRUB port on ARM UEFI is now available and the tree can be found on https://code.launchpad.net/~leif-lindholm/linaro-grub/arm-uefi

Announcements:

During the 13.03 release cycle, Linaro was pleased to announce that Mark Orvek, formerly the Director for the Kernel Working Groups at Linaro, has now taken on the role of VP of Engineering. More information on this appointment can be found in the press release at: http://www.linaro.org/news/release/linaro-appoints-mark-orvek-to-post-of-vp-of-engineering/en/

Linaro Connect:

Linaro Connect Europe 2013 will take place at the Burlington Hotel on 8 - 12 July in Dublin, Ireland. Registration for this event is now open. More information about this event can be found on at connect.linaro.org. (http://www.linaro.org/connect)

For those who may have missed Linaro Connect Asia 2013 a summary of the event can be found at: https://wiki.linaro.org/Events/LCA13/

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

  • Automation and Validation

    • A simple CLI tool for communicating with the CI dashboard has been developed
    • LAVA supports Arndale booting with UEFI. The bootloader configuration is done on the fly
    • Snowballs coming back online
  • Builds and Baselines

    • linux-linaro-arndale Bringup
      • The initial bringup of Arndale as an engineering platform has been done.
      • Tiny Android build for Arndale setup.
      • Android with GUI release planned for the next cycle.
    • Origen-Quad Member build
      • The Origen-Quad build updated with the new bootloaders.
      • needed changes for linaro-image-tools were done.
    • Native Toolchain on Android
      • The toolchain is now available natively inside Linaro Android builds.
      • The builds now include gcc, g++, vim, make, a terminal emulator and a vi-friendly keyboard.
    • Unified manifest
    • Restructure release toolchain
      • Released toolchains are checked into a prebuilts/ git repository and pulled in by the manifest as opposed to being downloaded as separate tarballs.This is the approach taken by AOSP to distribute the toolchain.
    • CTS Support in LAVA
      • CTS support for 4.2 reworked for better stability.
      • CTS has been enabled for the Engineering builds.
      • Investigations to be done next cycle on tests that are not getting executed.
    • Linux Linaro 3.9 2013.03 released
      • based off linux-linaro-core-tracking tree, llct-20130321.0 tag:
        • based off v3.9-rc3
        • new huge TLB topic by Steve Capper
        • no kvm-arm-v* topic anymore - using the mainline kvm code
        • updated kvm-arm-configs topic
        • armdroid-ashmem and updated armdroid-binder topics by Serban Constantinescu
        • updated linaro-android-3.9 topic by John Stultz
        • gator version 5.13
        • big-LITTLE-MP version master-v16
        • tb-ethernet topic for Snowball from STE Landing Team to fix the on-board ethernet
      • updated Versatile Express patches from ARM LT
      • updated arndale/exynos patches from Samsung LT
      • a patch to enable perf in Android by Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
      • vexpress64 support (both RTSM and Foundation model)
      • panda-fix-usb topic to make USB and on-board ethernet to work on Panda with Device Tree enabled (cherry-pick / forward port of some of the dev.omapzoom.org commits)
      • a few fixes for MMC on Snowball from STE Landing Team
    • Enable 64bit HipHop VM development in OpenEmbedded

      • Updated HHVM SDK to put dwarf.h in the right location
      • Merged onig fix
    • Improve Ubuntu engineering build CI loop
      • Set up Linaro's repositories on repo.linaro.org
      • Set up web server for repossitories
      • Set up repository keys
      • Set up cross-build chroot for Quantal
      • Modified ubuntu-kernel-ci scripts to support cross builds
      • Created git branch for cross-friendly kernel packaging
    • ARMv7 KVM CI Bringup
      • Created ci.linaro.org jobs for kernel integration, build testing, and image creation for Arndale host
      • Work around thumb2 mmio problem in guest kernel
      • Added virtio options to vexpress-kvm kernel
    • Merge ARMv8 support into OpenEmbedded

      • Checked X11 on 3.9-rc kernel
      • Merged openldap strip fix
      • Merged coreutils ACL fix
      • Merged nss-myhostname
    • CI bring up: Calxeda EnergyCore ECX-1000 (highbank)

      • Added hwpack configurations for ECX-1000 (highbank)
      • Set up CI job for ECX-1000 (highbank) hwpack daily builds
    • Adapt core LAVA tests from Ubuntu/Android to OpenEmbedded engineering build

      • Add dependencies required by the tests
      • Inspect 'ptest' feature for extra tests
      • Rewrite perf test to be distro agnostic
      • Add stress-dbg into the image
      • get test device-tree, perf and pm-qa tests working
  • Graphics

    • upstream: Version 10 of CMA-ION patches released by Benjamin Gaignard
    • upstream: Android piglit enablement patches for OpenGL ES 2 updated and released by Tom Gall
    • upstream: Version 1 of variable-index-* shader-tests extended for Android and Linux released by Tom Gall
    • upstream: Version 1 of debugfs support for dma-buf released by Sumit Semwal
    • upstream: Version 9 of DRM FIMD DT support for Exynos4 DT machine released by Vikas Sajjan
  • Kernel

    • Depopulate the Exynos <mach-exynos/include-mach> directory

      • Removed debug-macro.S
      • Removed includes from irq-combiner
      • Removed includes from serial-samsung
      • Removed includes from i2c
      • Removed includes from sdhci-s3c
    • Convert UX500 to common clk
      • Prepared patches to fixup clk_set_parent API
      • Prepared patches to unprepare unused clocks at late init
    • Refactor EHCI controller code
      • Separated ehci_tegra host controller driver from ehci-hcd into its own driver
    • Depopulate the ux500 and plat-nomadik <mach/*> and <plat/*>

      • Proposed a patch moving <mach/debug-macro.S>

      • Proposed a patch removing the <mach/hardware.h> include

      • Proposed a patch removing the <mach/db8500-regs.h> include

      • Proposed a patch removing the remaining headers and switch to multiplatform
    • Android alarm-dev compat_ioctl support
      • Integrated the unit test to our LAVA infra for juice-aosp
      • Ensured the patch made it to linux-linaro and is enabled in kernel configuration and re-test it
      • Integrated the unit test to our LAVA infrastructure for some linux-linaro Android build, and make sure the kernel configuration enabled it
      • Opened bug on failures seen https://bugs.launchpad.net/linaro-android/+bug/1160633

    • Android keyreset driver upstreaming
      • Researched how timer functionality Arve would like could be implemented
      • Added timer functionality and sent patch upstream for review
      • Reworked patch based on comments and sent V2 for review
    • Improve eMMC Power Management Support
      • Merged patches for fixup I/O voltage switch in protocol layer to Torvalds
      • Merged patches for adapt sdhci host driver to new sequence for how I/O voltage switch is done to Torvalds
      • Prepared patches to add a skeleton for doing background operations at idle time, based on runtime PM
    • Android Sync infrastructure Upstreaming
      • Sync patches queued in staging for 3.10
  • Power Management

    • Dynamic timer irq affinity: set up the timer irq affinity to the cpu concerned by the first timer expiration - This patch was upstreamed.
    • cpufreq driver for IKS has been optimized
    • Analysis of HMP scheduler optimizations using bbench and their applicability to A15 SMP systems is completed: No performance regressions were seen.
    • sched: modified timer and workqueue framework to allow migration to non-idle cpus
    • Powerdebug is ported to Android platform and available in builds
    • Thermal manager: Powertop Integration.
      • Added basic RFC patch and sent for review
  • Toolchain

    • Linaro GCC 4.7 2013.03 released, based off the latest GCC 4.7.2+svn195745 release
      • Updates to GCC 4.7.2+svn196272
      • Includes arm/aarch64-4.7-branch up to svn revision 196225
      • A fix for LP #1135633: [linaro regression] alsa-tools FTBFS with error "unable to find a register to spill in class ‘AREG’"
    • Linaro GCC 4.6 2013.03 released, based off the latest GCC 4.6.3+svn196247 release
    • Linaro QEMU 2013.03 released, based off upstream (trunk) QEMU. This release has been updated to be based on upstream's recent 1.4.0 release. It also includes ARM KVM support patches which are in sync with the ABI as committed to the upstream Linux kernel for 3.9. This feature is still under development but will no longer be subject to kernel-vs-userspace ABI breaks.
    • Linaro Toolchain Binaries 2013.03 released, updated to Linaro GCC 4.7 2013.03
    • Updated GCC's ARM backend to use new vectorizer cost model infrastructure
    • ARMv8-A enablement:
      • libatomicops support accepted upstream.
      • Section Garbage Collection support added to the linker.
  • LEG

Getting Started

Download the images for Linaro 13.03 supported platforms and follow the instructions for installing the image on your device.

Engineering Builds

Version

Release

Instructions

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Details

Status

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4.2.2

13.03

here

Arndale
Origen Quad
PandaBoard
Snowball
Versatile Express

linaro-android details

Arndale
Origen Quad
PandaBoard
Snowball
Versatile Express

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2013.03

13.03

here

Versatile Express 64

linaro-oe details

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Quantal

13.03

here

Arndale
PandaBoard
Snowball
Versatile Express

linaro-ubuntu details

Arndale
PandaBoard
Snowball
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

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Android

4.2.2

13.03

here

Galaxy Nexus

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Nano

Quantal

13.03

here

Arndale, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

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Developer

Quantal

13.03

here

Arndale, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

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Server

Quantal

13.03

here

Arndale, PandaBoard, Snowball, Versatile Express

Android Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

android-toolchain 4.7 (ICS, JB)

4.7-2013.03

13.03

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

2012.12

12.12

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

3.9-rc3-2013.03

13.03

linux-linaro download

linux-linaro details

grub-linaro

2013.03

13.03

u-boot-linaro download

grub-linaro details

u-boot-linaro

2013.03.1

13.03

u-boot-linaro download

u-boot-linaro details

uefi-linaro

2013.02

13.02

uefi-linaro download

u-boot-linaro details

Landing Teams Components

Name

Version

Release

Download

Details

linux-linaro-android-lt-samsung

3.7-rc6-2013.01

13.01

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

3.4-2013.01

12.11

linux-linaro-android-lt-ti download

linux-linaro-android-lt-ti details

linux-linaro-lt-samsung

3.8-rc4-2013.01

13.01

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

3.4-2012.11

12.11

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

0.14

12.12

lava-android-test download

lava-android-test details

lava-dashboard

0.27

12.12

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

12.11

lava-deployment-tool download

lava-deployment-tool details

lava-dispatcher

0.28

12.12

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

0.25

12.12

lava-scheduler download

lava-scheduler details

lava-scheduler-tool

0.4

12.04

lava-scheduler-tool download

lava-scheduler-tool details

lava-server

0.19

12.11

lava-server download

lava-server details

lava-test

0.13

12.11

lava-test download

lava-test details

lava-tool

0.6

12.11

lava-tool download

lava-tool details

linaro-django-xmlrpc

0.5

12.02

linaro-django-xmlrpc download

linaro-django-xmlrpc details

linaro-image-tools

2013.03

13.03

linaro-image-tools download

linaro-image-tools details

linaro-python-dashboard-bundle

1.8

12.11

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

0.4.0

13.01

linaro-pm-qa download

linaro-pm-qa details

powerdebug

0.6.2-2013.02

13.02

linaro-powerdebug download

linaro-powerdebug details

powertop

2.2-2012.12

12.12

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

4.7-2013.03

13.03

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gcc-linaro

4.6-2013.03

13.03

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gcc-linaro

4.5-2012.03

12.03

gcc-linaro download

gcc-linaro details

gdb-linaro

7.5-2012.12

12.12

gdb-linaro download

gdb-linaro details

qemu-linaro

1.3.0-2012.12

12.12

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 Engineering Build or a bare-metal target.

Name

Version

Release

Instructions

Download

Details

linaro-toolchain-binaries

4.7-2013.03

13.03

here

Linux
Windows Installer
Source

linaro-toolchain-binaries details

linaro-toolchain-binaries (Aarch64)

4.7-2013.03

13.03

here

Linux
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

4.7-20121208

12.12

Linux
Windows
Source

gcc-arm-none-eabi details

Known Issues

Bug

Description

Affected

Board(s)

xxxxxx

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.

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* 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>

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