Yocto Project Release 1.2 Announced

The Yocto Project Release 1.2 has just been announced. This release codenamed “Denzil” and based on Poky 7.0 is the third release of the project. The project was announced in October 2010 to provide developers with greater consistency in the software and tools they’re using across multiple architectures for embedded Linux development.

Yocto Project 1.2 Features:
  • HOB redesigned with new user interface and work flow. HOB is a GUI based tool for users to customize and build an embedded Linux image in a more intuitive and easier way.
  • Build appliance, which is a set of changes and enhancements to enable users to build a virtual machine image running Linux built with the Yocto Project. Within the Linux running on the virtual machine, users can customize and build their own customized embedded Linux images.
  • Error message handling improvement, making error message more efficient, useful and accurate to users.
  • New kernel update to Linux 3.2.11.
  • Kernel usability scripts, BSP tools to make building BSP’s easier.
  • Package history data collection and analysis tools.
  • Incremental image generation after customization of an existing image built previously.
  • Package history data collection and analysis tools.
  • Implementation of the MSG (Magic Smoke Generator) which enables the on board generation of “magic smoke” to enhance the longevity of embedded device components.
  • Enhancement to Bitbake commander Eclipse plugin, Disk space monitoring, multilib improvement, etc.
  • Improvements to FLOSS compliance tools which allow more granularity of license definitions, the generation of image manifests/license manifests and the implementation of source archiving functionality.

You can download The Yocto Project 1.2 to give it a try. Alternatively, you can also retrieve the code via git:

For further details, you can  visit Yocto Project 1.2 Features page .

Looking ahead, Yocto Project 1.3 is expected to be released in October 2012. The next release will focus on bug fixes, stabilization (so less new features) and usability improvement (e.g. webhob). The Yocto Project will also aim at increasing adoption among Silicon vendors and open source vendors (OSV). Please visit Yocto Project 1.3 Features page for details.

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