Yocto Project 2.0 “Jethro” Released

The Yocto Project 2.0 was released a few days ago. The framework used to create embedded Linux distributions supports Poky 14 “Jethro” reference distribution by default, but other Linux distributions can also be built with the Yocto Project.


Some of the key features and improvements of Yocto Project 2.0 include:

  • Added gcc 5.2 which is now the default compiler (gcc 4.8 and 4.9 are also provided)
  • Updated linux-yocto kernel for qemu* and reference BSPs to version 4.1
  • Added basic support for Altera Nios II and Adapteva Epiphany
  • Added tune files for Cavium ThunderX, Cavium Octeon, ARM Cortex-A17, Intel Quark X1000, and ARM vfpv3 and vfpv3d16 features
  • Toaster Web UI improvements – Better performance and reliability; simplified setup; user-friendly layout; etc…
  • wic image creation tool version 0.2.0 with bug fixed and new features, such as GPT partition tables, native tools, image compression, etc…
  • Image generation adds support for  qcow2, vdi (VirtualBox VDI), hdddirect, and wic images.
  • devtool & recipetool improvements.
  • Extensible SDK in beta state
  • Various bitbake improvements
  • Improved SDK extraction time by 10-50%

You can try Poky 14.0.0 by downloading poky-jethro-14.0.0.tar.bz2 tarball, or getting the code from Yocto Project’s git server:

You can get a full list of features, release notes, security fixes, and updated on Jethro 2.0 page.

The next version Yocto Project 2.1 is planned for April 2016, and you can find some of the planned features and improvements on the Wiki.

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