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<h2><a href=news.html>News: 0.9.8 released November 7, 2009</a></h2>

<b><h1><a href=documentation.html>What is Firmware Linux?</a></h1></b>

<p>Firmware Linux is an embedded Linux build system, designed to eliminate
the need for cross compiling.</p>

<p>The build system is a series of bash scripts which create a small native
Linux development environment for each target, runnable on real hardware or
under emulators such as <a href=>QEMU</a>.</p>

<p>Currently supported targets include arm, mips, powerpc, x86, and x86-64.
Partial support is available for sparc, sh4, and m68k.</p>

<p>For more information, see <a href=documentation.html>the documentation

<b><h1><a href=downloads>Downloading Firmware Linux</a></h1></b>

<b><h2><a href=downloads>Source Code</a></h2></b>
<p>The current source tarball is
<a href=downloads/firmware-0.9.7.tar.bz2>Firmware Linux version 0.9.7</a>.
This is the series of shell scripts you run to create the various binary
images.  See the <a href=downloads/README>README</a> for usage instructions,
and the <a href=news.html>release notes</a>.</p>

<p>Several <a href=downloads/binaries>prebuilt binary images</a>
are available, based on the current Firmware Linux release.  The
<a href=downloads/README>README</a> describes each tarball.  The
release notes on the <a href=news.html>news page</a> explain recent


<b><h1><a href=/hg/firmware>Development</a></h1></b>

<p>The project maintains a <a href=/hg/firmware>development repository</a>
using the Mercurial source control system.  This includes RSS feeds for
<a href=/hg/firmware/rss-log>each checkin</a>
and for <a href=/hg/firmware/rss-tags>new releases</a>.</p>

<p>Questions about Firmware Linux should be addressed to the project's
<a href=>mailing
list</a>, or the IRC channel #firmware on  The project
maintainer's <a href=>blog</a> often includes notes about
ongoing Firmware Linux development.</p>

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