Linux Groups Merger With Foundation

The Linux Foundation has agreed to a merger deal with a consumer Linux groups.

Under the deal, the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) will be absorbed into the Linux Foundation and will operate within the foundation as a working group.

Through the deal, the Linux Foundation hopes that it will be able to boost its presence in the embedded Linux computing space for the consumer market. The overlap in member organisations and the growth of the embedded computing space were also cited in helping to push the deal forward.

The Linux Foundation also said that it would be launching a new group to help push embedded Linux systems. Dubbed the 'Yocto Project,' the campaign will seek to develop Linux platform tools for use across a broad range of embedded hardware systems.

"CELF has done a good job of stewarding the consumer electronics industry through this period of rapid adoption of Linux," said Linux Foundation executive vice president Jim Zemlin.

"By combining their technical work with our broader reach and existing staff and programs, we should be able to foster tighter collaboration between industry and the Linux developer community as well as take Linux to even more devices and more use."

Under the terms of the deal, all CELF members who are not currently part of the Linux Foundation will be granted access into the group with a 'silver' level membership status.

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