Wind River Linux Harnesses Power of Containers In Embedded Systems Development

By Harry Forbes

Company and Product News

Wind River announced the latest enhancements to Wind River Linux.  This release delivers technology to help ease adoption of containers in embedded systems.  It provides resources, such as pre-built containers, tools, and documentation as well as support for frameworks, such as Docker and Kubernetes, all of which can help embedded system developers in their journey to leverage or deploy cloud-native development approaches, especially relevant for appliances at the network edge.  Wind River Linux is freely available for download.

Wind River Linux includes container technology that supports development and orchestration frameworks, such as Docker and Kubernetes.  It is Docker compatible under Open Container Initiative (OCI) specifications, but it is also lighter weight and has a smaller footprint than Docker, which is often a vital need for embedded systems.  Delivering a Yocto Project Compatible cross-architecture container management framework, Wind River Linux helps ease and accelerate the use of containers for embedded developers.

Drawing from embedded expertise, the container technology in Wind River Linux, dubbed OverC, integrates components from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Yocto Project to help define a comprehensive framework for building and deploying containers for embedded systems.  Initially developed at Wind River and available on GitHub, this technology supports virtually any processor architecture and orchestration environment.


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