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Oryx Linux v0.2.0 released!

Back in May, we introduced our Oryx Linux project and let you know about our ambitions for the v0.2.0 release. We’re now pleased to announce that v0.2.0 has been released!

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An overview of the upcoming Oryx v0.2.0 release

With an upcoming Oryx Linux release on the horizon, it’s time bring you a few exciting updates! For one thing, we want to tell you about some of the features that distinguish Oryx from other OpenEmbedded based distributions, which make it a great starting place for IoT and embedded development. But, before we get to that? We’ve got an announcement to make and we’re a little excited about it.

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Oryx Linux Re-Launch

This is a quick update for anyone who's read the old blog posts or looked at Oryx during the 2016 to early 2017 period.

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Maintaining linux-raspberrypi 4.1.y

Making the most of a Raspberry Pi device requires using the official linux-raspberrypi kernel repository for this device. This repository adds extra patches to the mainline Linux kernel and is a pretty typical vendor-kernel for an embedded Linux platform. This repository contains several branches corresponding to the different Linux kernel versions but only one of them is really 'supported' at a time. Once the supported branch changes, the older branch doesn't seem to get any further commits and backports aren't performed. Even if the upstream linux-stable branch for that version is still being updated, the linux-raspberrypi branch essentially becomes frozen. The upstream repository has recently moved from the 4.1.y series to the 4.4.y series, leaving the 4.1.y branch frozen. Oryx Linux will be using the 4.1.y series and so will be un-freezing this branch with our own maintenance releases.

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Initial Ideas

Oryx intends to explore a few newer and lesser-used options for building an embedded Linux distribution on top of OpenEmbedded. Here are a few initial ideas...

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