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Embedded Linux Support Strategy


This article presents information about the Embedded Linux Support on Toradex SoMs. It covers the lifecycle, releases, and software alerts adopted by Toradex. It is valid for both Toradex's Torizon OS and Toradex BSP Layers and Reference Images for Yocto Project. To learn more about them, check the Embedded Linux Options for Toradex SoMs article.

For BSP 3.X and 2.X please see Toradex Software Versioning Convention (Legacy).

Upstream Strategy

Starting with BSP 6.0, all our supported 32-bit i.MX-based SoMs (i.e. NXP i.MX6, i.MX6 ULL, and i.MX7 based modules) come to life with the mainline/upstream Linux kernel, for example, mainline kernel v6.0 for BSP 6.0.

The i.MX 8, i.MX 8X, i.MX 8M Mini and i.MX 8M Plus based modules use an NXP downstream-based kernel even for versions 6.0 and later of the BSP. They use the Toradex 5.15-2.x kernel (starting from toradex_5.15-2.0.x-imx). However, the Verdin SoMs based on NXP SoCs (Verdin iMX8M Mini and Verdin iMX8M Plus) also have an experimental version of the mainline kernel available as an alternative to the downstream-based BSP.

The TI AM623 and AM625 based modules use a TI downstream-based kernel, with support available on versions 6.4 and later of the BSP. They use the Toradex TI 6.1.y kernel.

For more information, please check our Blog: Upstream First - Toradex Mainline Kernel Support is a Reality.

Embedded Linux Lifecycle and Releases

Toradex provides frequent releases for Embedded Linux, including Torizon OS and BSP Layers for Yocto.

Check the lifecycle of our BSP Layers for Yocto in the table below:

VersionStateInitial Release DateProjected EOLRelease Periodicity
BSP 6ActiveOctober 20222026Quarterly
BSP 5MaintenanceOctober 20202024As needed
BSP 3EOLJune 20192023No Releases
BSP 2.8EOLDecember 20172021No Releases

During a 3-state lifecycle - active, maintenance and EOL - we deliver a series of releases. The Toradex Embedded Linux release process follows the Major, Minor and Patch versioning scheme, known as semantic versioning. No breaking changes are supposed to happen between releases with the same major version number. The transition within the major version is expected to be low-effort and low-risk.


This is when we develop the most up-to-date software releases - the default ones to use. During the active state, we deliver:

  • Quarterly releases, meant to be used in production
  • Monthly and Nightly pre-releases, meant for development and evaluation


If it is not viable to migrate to the latest version, you can remain using a major version after its active state. During the maintenance state, we deliver non-periodic Maintenance Releases, meant to be used in production. They provide security and bug fixes. The start of this state is not fixed and depends on the maturity of the product and justified business needs.

  • To ensure Long Term Availability, Toradex fully supports and validates the new hardware versions and does any necessary software backports to support their hardware changes, such as changes caused by components going end-of-life.
  • Toradex provides updates for the software components. They consist of fixed versions of the U-Boot boot loader, Linux kernel and OpenEmbedded/Yocto Project components used on a specific Toradex release.
    • Those updates are provided as long as the respective version of the component still receives updates. They are typically maintained for 2 - 3 years and are subject to each component's release plan.
    • Toradex uses Longterm/Stable Linux kernels for its releases whenever possible. This ensures that Toradex releases receive kernel updates for an extended period.


After the EOL date, no new releases are expected. It is recommended to upgrade to a version in active state. If it is not possible, Contact Us to discuss your case.

Long-Term Support (LTS)

All the releases of Toradex Embedded Linux have Long-Term Support until they reach EOL.

Supported Modules

Check the Release Matrix to learn which modules are supported by each release.

Live Updates on Software

You can learn the latest status and work progress on our issue tracker for each software. Also, we highly recommend that you sign up for updates on each detailed software page:

Critical software issues get announced via customer information notification emails to customers who purchased affected products.

Release Types

Production Releases

Quarterly Embedded Linux Releases

Typical Content: Latest feature set, bug and security fixes
Release Cycle: During active state, typically at the start of each Quarter, 4 times a year
Maintenance Duration: 3 Months after the release, except the last Quarterly Release of a major version, which is maintained until the first Maintenance Release of the version.

Maintenance Releases

Typical Content: Feature set of the latest Quarterly Release, bug and security fixes
Release Cycle: Typically released during maintenance state, but can also be released during active state if a critical fix is needed before the next quarterly release. No fixed periodicity, release as needed
Maintenance Duration: it is maintained until the next Maintenance Release of the version


Nightly Embedded Linux Pre-releases

Typical Content: Features and fixes, made that day
Release Cycle: On most nights, before midnight
Maintenance Duration: Not maintained as it is released on most days

Monthly Embedded Linux Pre-releases

Typical Content: New Features and bug fixes
Release Cycle: Typically every month
Maintenance Duration: Not maintained. For patches, use nightly builds

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