iD Linux is building outstanding open source embedded products, ensuring customers work with the latest code from the most important open source efforts and most recent technologies.

Lower Your Total Cost of Ownership
Reduce production and maintenance costs by as much as 47% and accelerate build cycles by more than 25% compared to in-house efforts.

Rely on Predictive Maintenance and 24/7 Product Support
Bypass the hassles of managing your embedded software across its entire lifecycle, from initial designs to retirement.

iD Linux delivers all the technologies essential to building a powerful, flexible, responsive, stable, and secure embedded platform for running the most demanding networks.

• Meets the registration requirements of the Linux Foundation's Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 specifications.
• Built on the latest Yocto Project Compatible platform.
• Built to protect infrastructures and eliminate network downtime.
• Ideal for large corporate infrastructures, data centers, military communications, and high-performance devices for the Internet of Things (IoT).

• Support for 99.9999% availability.
• Serviceability.
• CGL Test Suite.
• Virtual routing and forwarding (VRF).
• Security.
• Clustering.
• Performance.

Based on the Yocto Project implementation of the OpenEmbedded Core (OE-Core) project, iD Linux leverages the velocity of open source innovation while enabling better control and risk mitigation of the software stack. The Yocto Project uses the build instructions (recipes), configuration files, and other metadata to define the open source base for the iD Linux risk mitigation add-ons that help manufacturers during the productization and lifecycle of their devices. These add-ons include security vulnerabilities protection, open source IP compliance artifacts, and product support and maintenance.


  • 2 GHz dual core processor

  • 2 GiB RAM (system memory)

  • 25 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)

  • VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution

  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media

  • Internet access is helpful



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November 08.2016

March 12.2017

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Our award-winning, certified maintenance and support can radically reduce the hassles, lower the costs, and protect you from the risks of managing your embedded software across its entire lifecycle, from initial designs to retirement. Our support and maintenance programs ensure the highest return on your investment in our software, helping developers and device makers greatly simplify their product management tasks by leaving the details to us.

We provide standard support for up to five years, followed by legacy support through our Professional Services on demand. Our support includes a range of live assistance, product manuals, our Knowledge Forum, and other resources within the online iD Linux Support Network.

Our support services provide extensive technical information and resources, as well as trusted, expert advice when you need it to overcome any challenge.

Our maintenance services automatically provide bug fixes, minor enhancements, and security patches on a regular schedule. See the table below for more details.

Additional support and maintenance offerings are available, including Premium Project Support (technical support in the customer environment), Frozen Branch Maintenance (patches and updates provided on the customer’s frozen version), and Custom Content Management (maintenance on packages that are not part of a standard iD Linux product).


Lifecycle Stage Current Legacy*
Period 5 years >5 years
Knowledge Library Yes Yes
Web-Based Expert Assistance Yes Yes
Direct Expert Assistance Yes, with Standard SLA Yes, with Long Term Support SLA
Defect Resolution Yes, with Standard SLA *
Only critical defects, starting year 4
Only critical defects, on demand
Patches and Updates Periodic updates On demand
Support and Maintenance Details
  • Customers can purchase new software licenses.
  • Standard support and maintenance offerings apply.
  • Technical support is provided on reference setup delivered as part of the standard distribution.
  • Support does not extend to customizations.
  • Patches cover P1, P2 defects, and select P3 defects.
  • Security fixes are available.
  • Select enhancement requests are accepted.
  • Customers can purchase new software licenses.
  • Long Term Support and Long Term Maintenance offerings are available.
  • Technical support is provided on reference steup delivered as part of the standard distribution.
  • Support does not extend to customizations.
  • Patches cover P1.
  • Security fixes are available.

The iD Linux release model follows a one-year update policy, i.e., one major release version every year. In effect, this means that every 12 months iD linux introduces a kernel update for the iD Linux base platform and other architectural changes deriving from this.

iD Small Linux

Embedded Linux/Microcontroller Project

What is iD Small Linux?
The original iD Linux was a derivative of Linux 2.6 kernel intended for microcontrollers without Memory Management Units (MMUs). Today's iD Small Linux as an operating system includes Linux kernel releases for 2.6 3.0 and 3.2 as well as a collection of user applications, libraries and tool chains. Create groundbreaking products more quickly while lowering your operational overhead with our best-in-class support and open source code management.

iD Small Linux is a small, high-performance, secure, and manageable Linux distribution designed to simplify and speed your embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) development projects. Best of all, it is available at no additional cost on hardware boards from our trusted partners.

Protection Against Security Vulnerabilities
iD Linux provides critical Linux updates for Pulsar systems, from Linux kernel patches to security fixes. Critical fixes are hosted in a public iD Linux repository, with a full range of bug and security fixes available.

Run Any Application from Any Ecosystem
iD Small enables application middleware abstraction, allowing any application from any ecosystem to run on any device. You can build and add packages on the target from a certified repository—all while running multiple isolated systems (containers) on a single control host

Simple Commercial Terms
iD Small simplifies going to market on a commercial-ready embedded Linux platform. iD Linux has worked with select original design manufacturer (ODM) partners to create a certified iD Small Linux image bundled with select hardware platforms that include support and software maintenance out of the box. Better still, there are no licensing contracts or subscriptions necessary. Simply purchase the platform, innovate, and deploy.

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December 15.2016

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