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Linaro Connect Q4.11 - Freescale Landing team interview

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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2011

Orlando, Nov. 2, 2011

I took the opportunity of the Q4.11 edition of Linaro Connect to meet with 3 members of the Freescale Landing team at Linaro: Paul Liu (middleware and graphics acceleration), Haitao Zhang (kernel) and Eric Miao (tech lead, a long time contributor to the ARM Linux community).

In Linaro, a landing team is a engineering team that works on making a hardware platform supported in the upstream open-source projects such as the Linux kernel and distributions like Ubuntu and Android.

Eric, Paul and Haitao explained how they work with the Freescale engineers (they actually are employed by Canonical), and gave details about the technical challenges they face. It was also an opportunity to speak about the Freescale i.MX53 QuickStart board they work on, a low cost yet very powerful board for the community.

This board, together with the kernel and distribution releases made by Linaro, allows community contributors to work always with the latest versions. This is essential to allow the community to contribute.

They also explained how they work together. In particular, they organized a code sprint in Shanghai 1 month before, and had a very productive week together.

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