Ahh, yes... The Yocto Project. The goal of Yocto is to be able to create the smallest kernel possible (yocto is the smallest unit in the metric system). They have been working to modify the OpenEmbedded bitbake system to make it more usable. So, for that, I applaud their efforts. Bitbake is terribly convoluted IMHO. So, anything that simplifies it is a step in the right direction. For building small distros, I think Yocto is a good project. But, I also like Linaro for ARM platforms. Either way, I don't think you can go wrong. But, Linaro has more of an ARM focus whereas Yocto has more of an x86 focus (it does ARM too, but not as strong an ARM platform as Linaro IMHO).
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