BMW Group joins the Yocto project of the Linux Foundation


The German automaker formalizes its contributions by joining the project that helps developers create custom systems based on Linux

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that BMW Group has joined the Yocto project as a member.

BMW Group’s membership reaffirms their commitment to working with and in sustainable ecosystems and software and to supporting the open source and key tools they use to build their products. The Yocto project is delighted with this support and looks forward to benefiting from their contribution and their experience. They join other members including Intel, Comcast, Arm, Cisco, Facebook (Meta), Xilinx, Microsoft, Wind River and AWS.

With the increase in the number of devices and sensors used across industries, developers today need a common set of tools that help them manage software stacks, configurations, and best practices for Linux images for embedded and IoT devices. Over the past decade, the Yocto project has been adapted for this purpose and today constitutes the de facto set of tools for building and supporting a new generation of devices. In short, it helps developers build custom Linux systems regardless of hardware architecture.

The Yocto project has grown considerably since its inception, meeting the ever-evolving challenge of building custom operating systems for products in a maintainable and scalable way. The project is at the cutting edge of build system technology with bitwise identical build output every time, advanced software manifests, license management capabilities, and strong binary artifact reuse among many other developments . The Yocto Project 4.0 (alias Kirkstone) was released in April. Based on Linux kernel 5.15, glibc 2.35 and about 300 other recipe updates, Yocto 4.0 supports SPDX SBOM generation and is the last Long Term Support (LTS) release.

“Recognizing sustainability in the context of open source is an extremely welcome development, and we look forward to working more closely with BMW Group to further improve the project” Richard Purdi, member of the Linux Foundation. “We hope that others will follow their lead on sustainability and together we can empower and enable open source projects to reach their full potential.”

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About the BMW Group

The BMW Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles with its BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands, and a provider of premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network includes 31 production and assembly plants in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network with representatives in more than 140 countries.

Long-term thinking and responsible action are the basis of economic success. Ecological and social sustainability, global product responsibility and a clear commitment to resource conservation are therefore an integral part of our strategy.

About the Yocto project

The Yocto project is an open-source collaborative project that creates highly customizable, maintainable, and scalable Linux-based systems, primarily for embedded and IOT projects, regardless of hardware platform and product. For more information, please visit Where Contact us.

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation and its projects are supported by more than 2,950 members. The Linux Foundation is the world’s premier hub for collaboration on open source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation projects are essential to global infrastructure, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, ONAP, Hyperledger, RISC-V, and more. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and meeting the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create enduring models of open collaboration. For more information, visit

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