Xilinx Linux project combines the benefit of open source Linux operating system together with a customized solution geared towards developing software on its processing platform. This is a development project, not a commercial Linux distribution. Users that are not familiar with Linux (newbies) may want to consider a commercial Linux distribution.


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Xilinx Processing Platforms


Zynq-7000 System On Chip (SoC) combines a dual ARM® Cortex™-A9 processing system including hardened memory controllers and peripherals, along with Xilinx 7 series programmable logic.

The Zynq-7000 SoC Linux provides Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) support for the dual Cortex-A9 ARM core , software drivers for all the peripherals on the processing system and Board Support Package (BSP) for the QEMU system model and Zynq emulation board (available only to Zynq beta customers).
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Developer Resources




Xilinx provides a Git repository which includes the Linux kernel to run on the Xilinx boards. The Linux tree will typically track the leading edge kernels from kernel.org (behind just a bit for some stability). The goal of the Xilinx Git Linux repository is to provide a kernel tree which is a staging area to get device drivers for new IP into the mainline kernel.org and to allow 3rd parties to build their Linux distributions for Xilinx products.

Users may use the kernel tree from kernel.org to build a kernel for Xilinx products also, but may find that it is a kernel that is still changing to incorporate kernel changes from the Xilinx tree.
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Xilinx provides tools to build and debug the software applications on Linux as well as for Linux kernel development. The GNU toolchain provided by Xilinx; includes C/C++ compilers, optimized C/C++ libraries and GDB debugger.

Xilinx also works with partners to provide commercial Linux solutions, which can be used for software development. These commercial solutions provide advanced debug, trace and profile capabilities that may not be available in the open source solution.
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Xilinx provides Open Source QEMU system model for running and debugging the software, without requiring a hardware. Currently it models Zynq-7000 AP SoC Processing System.
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Apart from the open source Linux mailing lists, Xilinx also provides forums to discuss and collaborate on Linux solutions for Xilinx embedded processing platforms. These forums are monitored by Xilinx technical support and engineers, so you can get your queries answered by experts in this area.
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