The Linux Foundation has agreed to merge with the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), which will be absorbed into the Foundation and operate as a working group.
The deal should allow the Linux Foundation to boost its presence in the embedded Linux computing space for the consumer market.
The overlap in member organisations and the growth of the embedded computing space were also cited in helping to push the merger forward.
The Linux Foundation will launch the Yocto Project to develop Linux platform tools for use across a broad range of embedded hardware systems.
"CELF has done a good job of stewarding the consumer electronics industry through this period of rapid adoption of Linux," said Linux Foundation executive vice president Jim Zemlin.
"By combining their technical work with our broader reach and existing staff and programmes, we should be able to foster tighter collaboration between industry and the Linux developer community as well as take Linux to even more devices and more use."
Under the terms of the deal, all CELF members who are not currently part of the Linux Foundation will be granted access into the group with a 'silver' level membership status.
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