Intel provides an affordable version of its Minnowboard. Their target is hobbyist but also developers who want to prototype. The board is well equipped in IO capabilities (PCIe, SATA for instance) and is deemed suitable for protoyping or developing files servers and network devices. It is delivered under a create commons license and comes with a Yocto distribution. This is great step from Intel to get towards the contribute to small and medium projects. BayLibre likes it!
AMD and Mentor Graphics have announced that they have sealed a multi year partnership. AMD is going full speed into the Internet of Things and needs to provide fully functional Yocto distribution in order to reach its customers. This is the kind of partnerships we expect to see more and more between semiconductors vendors and Linux consulting companies.
Samsung shows a Tizen phone at mobile world congress.
We do agree though that the user interface is only one part of the story. The big strength of Android is the plethora of applications available. Will Samsung manage to create a real alternative to the Google store and the Google apps?