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Codethink Demonstrates Rapid Kernel Upgrades with Baserock Embedded Linux

Shanghai, China - 11th October 2012 - Codethink, a provider of software engineering services for mobile and embedded devices, has unveiled and demonstrated Baserock Embedded Linux at the GENIVI automotive industry trade association meeting for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) standards in Shanghai, China. Codethink showed a full upgrade of a Linux system image kernel from version 3.2 to 3.6 in less than 10 minutes showing how the engineer tool saves vast amounts of developer time. The Linux 3.6 kernel is the latest stable kernel released on 1 October 2012.

"I'm very excited to be able to take the wraps off Baserock Embedded Linux for the global GENIVI community meeting," says Paul Sherwood, Codethink's CEO. "Baserock's all-native, fully traceable workflow and direct-from-upstream design makes it an ideal solution for tracking the developing GENIVI Baseline requirements, particularly now that GENIVI aims to accelerate its Baseline cadence to six-weekly releases."

Steve Crumb, Executive Director of GENIVI®, a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open-source development platform said, "GENIVI is pleased to have Codethink join the growing base of tooling options available to organisations and developers enhancing and adopting our open platform
for automotive infotainment systems."

"We believe this is the first embedded Linux development tool chain to be designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the Git distributed version control system," said Rob Taylor, Codethink's CTO. "By leveraging Git's speed and traceability we can create, deploy and maintain whole Linux-based systems with much less friction and stay closer to upstream than ever before. This saves developer time and, consequently, helps to contain cost.

Baserock Embedded Linux builds on the Baserock open source project originated by Codethink with core architecture design and development by leading Free and Open Source Software (FOSS: contributors:)

  • Lars Wirzenius (Debian, Piuparts, Obnam)

  • Daniel Silverstone (Linux Kernel, NetSurf, Launchpad)

  • Ben Dooks (Linux Kernel)

  • Jannis Pohlmann (XFCE)

  • Javier Jardon (GNOME)

About Codethink
Founded in 2007, Codethink provides software development and consultancy services for automotive, industrial, telecoms and consumer electronics markets. Codethink is an associate member of the GENIVI association. It is staffed with some of the industry's best embedded software, Linux, open source and applications engineers. With headquarters in Manchester, UK, team members work on projects in many of the mobile and embedded device global hotspots, including Asia, Europe and North America. Codethink engineers have brought great benefits to Linux system development through innovation. They have identified time and cost saving opportunities through capturing best practices and streamlining Linux system workflow.
Customers range from innovative start-ups to household names. Codethink's engineers help clients develop their technical applications and achieve system software goals - where complexity, technology constraints or project deadlines drive a need for exceptional software engineering.

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About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI's work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 165 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. www.genivi.org.

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