Wind River Linux LTS 21 is now available

Wind River, the leader in the IoT and embedded operating systems, has released Wind River Linux Long Term Support (LTS) 21. LTS 21 moves up to the latest Linux LTS kernel and adds many new capabilities including a binary distribution.

Wind River Linux is not a traditional Linux distro, but is a complete Linux development platform for embedded device development. It comes with the latest LTS kernel, toolchains, tools, and more than 500 packages enabling customers to develop a wide variety of devices across networking, A&D, industrial, and consumer industries.  Customers can use Wind River Linux to produce a supported, customized Linux OS that exactly meets the requirements for their embedded application.

Wind River Linux is based on the open-source Yocto Project and Wind River is one of the leading contributors to that community.  Wind River Linux provides application portability and ease of integration. It also enables increased ease of use with the layered architecture that allows developers to simply swap out a Board Support Package (BSP) for another one and easily build images for multiple hardware platforms. This simplifies creation of embedded Linux images for deployment in 5G network infrastructure, automotive, industrial, and other applications.

Wind River uses a DevOps approach to develop LTS21 using continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) infrastructure and processes. 

Key features of LTS 21 include:

  • Based on Linux LTS 5.10 Kernel  and the Yocto Project 3.3
  • The Linux Assembly Tool which can be used to perform a number of tasks to help manage your images, such as building and publishing RPM packages, generating images from package feeds for specific hardware, and generating an updated SDK. In addition, you can add or remove packages, and specify any pre- and post-build instructions for the build, which lets you customize your image to meet your needs.
  • Wind River Linux now supports the Qt 5 toolkit version 5.15.2 to provide the tools necessary to get QT-based applications running on your Wind River Linux system image.
  • TensorFlow machine learning that simplifies the creation of a system image that employs machine learning to develop and test applications.
  • OpenVINO (coming in lTS 21 RCPL 1) enables Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to extend Intel® hardware to provide high-performance AI and deep learning inference capabilities.
  • chrony, a replacement for NTP that can work well when external time references are only intermittently accessible.
  • Docker is upgraded to version 19.03. A LTS 21 container image is also now available on Docker Hub at
  • gcc and the toolchain is upgraded to version 10.2.x
  • Enhanced OSTree support allows image upgrades on deployed devices and creation of images from an existing system.
  • Full enablement for the Wind River Workbench including Visual Studio code support that provides a complete suite of developer tools to allow you to quickly configure your operating system, analyze and tune your software, and debug an entire system.
  • Pre-built binary distribution that allows for dramatically faster prototyping of embedded systems Linux OS by eliminating the need to build the entire OS from source. With the Linux Assembly Tool, the binary distribution allows creation of a customized embedded OS in as little as an hour, compare to more than a day when using the source -based Wind River Linux solution.
  • Hardware support in LTS21 includes:

o       Intel Axxia AXM55xx / AXM56xx

o       Intel Stratix 10

o       Intel x86 Tiger Lake (Core)

o       Intel x86 Ice Lake-SP (Xeon)

o       Intel NUC7i5BNH (Kaby Lake)

o       Intel Snow Ridge (Atom Server)

o       Marvell Armada CN96xx

o       NXP i.MX7

o       NXP i.MX8 QM

o       NXP QorIQ LS1028A 

o       NXP S32G EVB/RDB2

o       Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

o       TI TDA4

o       Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

o       Xilinx Zynq-7000

Additional hardware support is planned for delivery in future Rolling Cumulative Patch Layer (RCPL) updates to LTS 21

Wind River LTS releases are supported for up to five years under the normal support agreements, with additional support available beyond five years with the legacy support offering.

LTS 21 provides new capabilities for SoC providers and OHVs to create their own customized embedded Linux OS that are supported by Wind River. For more information about LTS 21, see the documentation at


About Jay Kruemcke

Jay Kruemcke is passionate about helping customers and partners achieve their goals. Jay is the Linux product line manager at Wind River Systems, responsible for embedded Linux operating system products including Wind River Linux and Wind River Linux Distro. Prior to Wind River, Jay was responsible for the SUSE Linux for High-Performance Computing, SUSE Linux for Arm, and SUSE Linux for Power servers. Jay released the first commercially supported Linux distribution for Arm in 2016. Jay has built an extensive career in product management based on being a bridge between customers and engineering teams. He has extensive experience in many areas including product positioning, driving future product directions, using social media for client collaboration, and evangelizing the capabilities and future directions of enterprise products. Jay had a long career at IBM including many roles in the Power and Cloud Engineering and Offering teams including being the product management owner for the AIX Unix operating system. In addition to his product management experience, Jay has held a variety of technology roles at including product marketing, manager of a technical architecture team, briefing center staff, SAP systems management consultant, and as a system programmer and administrator Jay also volunteers with the Boy Scouts in multiple roles and with ProductCamp Austin. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @smollinux and @phastflyer
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