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Buildroot 2012.08 released

From:  Thomas Petazzoni <>
Subject:  Buildroot 2012.08 released
Date:  Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:21:23 +0200
Message-ID:  <20120831112123.672bd606@skate>
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Buildroot is a simple tool for creating complete Embedded Linux systems

Buildroot 2012.08 is released - Go download it at:


Or get it from Git:


After 3 months of development a new stable Buildroot release is
out. Significant changes are:

 - Integration of a legal information reporting infrastructure,
   which allows to generate detailed informations about the
   licenses and source code of all components of a system generated by
   Buildroot. License information will progressively be added on
   packages. As of this release, 77 packages have gained license

 - Default configuration files added for Calao-systems
   USB-A9263 and Calao-systems USB-A9G20-LPW boards.

 - External toolchains update: allow download of a custom toolchain,
   add Linaro 2012.05 and 2012.06 for ARM, add Blackfin toolchain
   2012R1-BETA1, add Sourcery CodeBench MIPS 2011.09.

 - Allow the restriction of downloads to the primary site only.
   This is useful for project developers who want to ensure that the
   project can be built even if the upstream tarball locations

 - Add a 'System configuration' choice to select between 3
   different init systems: Busybox init, SysV init and Systemd init.

 - Cleanups to the package infrastructure. The visible change
   to developers is that $(eval $(call AUTOTARGETS)) is now
   $(eval $(autotools-package)), and similarly for other package
   infrastructures and host packages. Refer to the documentation for

 - By default, automatic detection of the number of compilation jobs to
   use, depending on the number of CPUs available.

 - Improvements to generate systems with static libraries only
   (infrastructure and package fixes).

 - Add proper support in the Linux kernel package to generate Device
   Tree Blobs or combined Device Tree / Kernel images. This will be
   useful on Microblaze, PowerPC and ARM, which are architectures
   making extensive use of the Device Tree.

 - Many new packages: cjson, collectd, dfu-util, dmidecode, elftosb,
   fbterm, flashrom, freerdp, inadyn, libfreefare,
   libnetfilter_cttimeout, libnfc, libnfc-llcp, liboping, libtorrent,
   linphone, logsurfer, lshw, luacjson, luaexpat, luajit,
   mediastreamer, mobile-broadband-provider-info, monit, mxs-bootlets,
   nanocom, nss-mdns, ofone, omap-u-boot-utils, opkg, ortp, owl-linux,
   python-id3, python-nfc, quota, ramspeed, rtorrent,
   sound-theme-borealis, sound-theme-freedesktop, sysprof,
   webrtc-audio-processing, xinetd, zxing

And the usual package version updates and bug fixes. See the CHANGES
file for details:

Many thanks to all the people contributing to this release:

git shortlog -s -n 2012.05..

   128  Gustavo Zacarias
    84  Thomas Petazzoni
    74  Peter Korsgaard
    39  Danomi Manchego
    39  Simon Dawson
    38  Luca Ceresoli
    22  Samuel Martin
    18  Francois Perrad
    17  Arnout Vandecappelle (Essensium/Mind)
    13  Maxime Ripard
    12  Thomas De Schampheleire
    10  Nathan Lynch
     7  Yegor Yefremov
     6  Baruch Siach
     6  Jonathan Liu
     5  Marek Belisko
     4  Kelvin Cheung
     4  Yann E. MORIN
     3  Arnout Vandecappelle
     3  gregory hermant
     2  Dominik Faessler
     1  Aras Vaichas
     1  Arn R
     1  Benoît Thébaudeau
     1  Daniel Mack
     1  David Purdy
     1  Dimitry Golubovsky
     1  Eric Jarrige
     1  Frank Hunleth
     1  François Perrad
     1  Jarkko Sakkinen
     1  Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD
     1  Julian Lunz
     1  Markos Chandras
     1  Murat Demirten
     1  Phil Edworthy
     1  Richard Braun
     1  Shawn J. Goff
     1  Sonic Zhang
     1  Stefan Froberg
     1  Stefan Fröberg
     1  Stephan Hoffmann
     1  Tristan Lelong
     1  Will Newton

Thanks a lot for all the contributors to this release.

Next release will be 2012.12. Expect the first release candidate early
November, and the final release towards the end of the month. After 1.5
months of interim maintenance done by myself, Peter Korsgaard is now
back in its duties as the official Buildroot maintainer.

Also worth nothing is that the Buildroot project is organizing a
two-days Buildroot Developers Days meeting on November 3-4 in
Barcelona, right before the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (November
5-7). Developers interested in Buildroot are welcome to join, please
let us know if you willing to participate.

Best regards,

Thomas Petazzoni
Thomas Petazzoni, Free Electrons
Kernel, drivers, real-time and embedded Linux
development, consulting, training and support.

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