Yes, Linaro is funded mostly by ARM SoC providers. It's also arranged along very different lines and goals to MeeGo / Maemo / Tizen etc. Primarily, it works upstream to enable many ARM SoCs to be used by many Linux distributions. A key difference is that members donate engineering effort that is directed by Linaro on the problems chosen by its members. This aggregates effort across key problems that benefit all. That's why we got involved with the upstreaming issues and that's what led us to strongly support the arm-soc maintainer's tree and subsequent consolidation efforts.