Zephyr Project — Linux Foundation Announces Open Source Operating System For IoT

Zephyr

Short Bytes: IoT (Internet of Things) is going to get a major boost in the coming years. 48 hours ago, the Linux Foundation announced the Zephyr Project which will be a small scalable real-time operating system. This operating system will be targeted at resource-constrained systems.

Being an open source project, Linux Foundation’s Zephyr will drive innovation for IoT devices. That means startups over IoT will no longer have to wait for the licensing of an operating system. You can also become a part of the Zephyr project and contribute your work. On top of that, working with an open source platform also ensures that there is a constant innovation.

The Zephyr Project is modular in nature. The Zephyr Project kernel and its associated modules can run on systems as small as 8kB of memory. Zephyr also gives the independence to select and disable as many modules as many you want. For this reason, they have a tool included in the project called Kconfig tool. Besides these features, you can also integrate any third party module with this Project.

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Let’s assume that the working functionality of the modules is perfect but another important part is the security which needs to be taken care of. The Linux Foundation fully understands and a dedicated group has been planned specifically in maintaining and improving the Zephyr Project security.

Also read: Security Tips by the Expert: How Linux Foundation Protects its Computers

Here is the list of the items that Zephyr project will support:

  • Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • 6Lowpan
  • CoAP
  • IPv4
  • IPv6
  • NFC
  • Arduino 101
  • Arduino Due
  • Intel Galileo’ Gen 2
  • NXP FRDM-K64F Freedom board

One of the greatest achievements of this project will be that all of your IoT devices need not be from the same company. This problem was not addressed deeply in any of the IoT projects but Zephyr Project is going to handle this hurdle very easily.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Zephyr Project, you can read the documentation and download the kernel source at the official site of Zephyr project.

Also read: Here’s Why The Linux Foundation Is Working With Obama Administration

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