LVC21-321: AArch64 Laptops for Linux Developers

Session Abstract

Only recently have AArch64 laptops arrived on the market that are suitable for Linux developers. This session will review the options and support for upstream Linux kernels, GNU user space and associated tooling that make up a modern GNU/Linux distribution. We will focus on laptops that provide UEFI boot process and review specific platforms for their current status. We will discuss the outstanding tasks needed to make the platforms comparable with more established Linux laptop platforms. We also expect to cover our the specification of an ideal AArch64 laptop.

Session Speakers

Richard Henwood

Arm (Server software ecosystem manager)

Richard works at Arm and has been working with the OSEC community since the beginning.

Bjorn Andersson

Linaro (Principal Tech Lead)

Bjorn is Linux kernel subsystem maintainer for remoteproc, rpmsg and hwspinlock and co-maintainer of the Qualcomm SoC. As Principal Engineer at Linaro he's focusing on Qualcomm upstream support in the Linux kernel.

Shawn Guo

Linaro (Tech lead at Linaro)

Linux Kernel developer and subsystem maintainer.

Only recently have AArch64 laptops arrived on the market that are suitable for Linux developers. This session will review the options and support for upstream Linux kernels, GNU user space and associated tooling that make up a modern GNU/Linux distribution.

We will focus on laptops that provide UEFI boot process and review specific platforms for their current status. We will discuss the outstanding tasks needed to make the platforms comparable with more established Linux laptop platforms. We also expect to cover our the specification of an ideal AArch64 laptop.

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