Performance improvements: The overall build time has been reduced by more than 10%. Kernel build time is reduced by about 25%. With rm_work enabled, 40% less storage will be used for the tmp directory.
Support for Wayland, a simpler alternative for X.
Support for systemd, a replacement for system V init daemon.
Support for postinstall scripts to run at roofs creation time, which will reduce image boot time.
Support for both the Linux 3.8 kernel and LTSI (3.4) kernel.
Replace Zypper/RPM integration with a smaller/better package
resolver/manager - SMART/RPM.
Support for read-only root file system.
Usability improvements to HOB, bitbake, yocto-bsp and other tools, including UI improvements, new features and bug fixes.
Documentation improvement/update and a new kernel development manual and profiling manual.
A complete rewrite of the yocto-autobuilder to allow for easier configuration, faster build times, and easier to maintain code.
Do you desire time proven technology? The meta-yocto-classic layer is now available from either the Yocto Project PVCS repository or in 38 3.5" floppies from Walnut Creek. Features include:
ext or minix filesystems
lilo or loadlin boot loaders
Linux kernel 0.99pl14. No more worrying about loadable modules!
a.out binaries as the standard executable file format
OSS comes as the standard sound system
ksh, tcsh, twm, pine, rn, mailx, mc and many others...