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ARM joins embedded Linux group

ARM, a maker of processors widely used in "embedded" computing devices such as cell phones, has joined the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), the company said this week. ARM joined at the associate member level. CELF, founded in July to tackle Linux issues such as faster start-up, includes consumer electronics giants Matsushita Electric, Sony, Hitachi, NEC, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba.

"While Linux has been gaining momentum as a desktop operating system, changes from both a technical and architectural standpoint are needed to help the platform reach its full potential in a consumer electronics environment," Mary Inglis, director of ARM's operating systems and alliances group, said in a statement. Joining CELF will "help bring Linux into products people use every day," she said.