Wind River widens OS support for embedded Linux

March 24, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Wind River is expanding its software offerings around Embedded Linux, for development of internet-connected devices. It is updating Linux profiles with the latest kernel and toolchain from the Yocto Project 1.7 release to enable greater flexibility and scalability.

The company has announced enhancements to Wind River Open Virtualization, Security Profile for Wind River Linux, and Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux. These profiles provide developers with key capabilities to create the safe, secure, and reliable intelligent and connected systems.

Open Virtualization, Security Profile, and Carrier Grade Profile have been updated with the latest Linux kernel, toolchain, and user space from the Yocto Project 1.7 release. These software profiles are add-ons to Wind River Linux, with features that seamlessly integrate with validation tools, documentation, and hardware support.

In IoT, Wind River says, “a steady flow of intelligence and actionable insights can emerge only if connectivity is present and persistent... however, as a result of persistent connectivity, exposure to security threats increases... if devices are not properly protected, the ability for persistent connectivity itself is threatened.”

Built to align with the Common Criteria for Operating System Protection Profile and Evaluation Assurance Levels (EAL), Security Profile delivers security capabilities to help developers protect against future threats from the growth of IoT. As other industries, such as networking, industrial, and automotive, are increasingly asked to comply with similar Common Criteria requirements to evaluate and certify products that demand greater security and connectivity, developers are facing new challenges. Meeting these needs can be expensive and time-consuming, adding cost and risk to programs. Engineers can reduce risks with a fully maintained and securely monitored commercial embedded Linux distribution with built-in security features such as a hardened kernel, secure user space, and secure boot process.

Virtualization also offers the promise of system consolidation, reduced capital and operational expenses, and new cloud services for IoT opportunities. Using open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology combined with the commercial Wind River Linux distribution, Open Virtualization delivers near-native hardware performance and enables many applications and functions running on dedicated operating systems and hardware to consolidate into one intelligent system, enabling highly scalable systems at lower cost.