Yocto looks like an Android killer in the making

One of Intel's pet open source projects with the Linux Foundation has been disclosed today under the codename Yocto Project.

Intel has gained a reputation for quietly supporting different software platforms, shaking off its Wintel roots. Now, it seems, its engineers are getting serious about embedded platforms, serious enough to work on projects that go beyond the x86 architecture.

If you're wondering what a Yocto is, it's 10^-24 and, according to the authors of the project, Dirk Hohndel, Intel's Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel, it just goes "to say this is for the truly embedded market",

The purpose of the Yocto Project is to focus efforts in simplifying the creation of embedded distributions of Linux. In other words, an umbrella project by developers, for developers, so as to put away any difficulties they might have in creating new distributions for new embedded devices. For example, an automated test capability derived from a framework set by the Project, as well as ample package support.

The project is, as of this morning, in version 0.9 and has been made available to the general public through the community website. It is currently built on a Poky Linux distribution but is architecture-agnostic, thereby supporting not only x86, but also MIPS, ARM and PowerPC.

You can currently pick up several developer boards from different vendors, which are supported by the current distribution of Poky Linux. These include ARM's Beagleboard and Intel's Black Sand Atom embedded board.