Linux Con Europe 2014


I’m just back in office from Linux Con Europe. For these who do wonder why last week there was no Weekend Challenge and Friday Giveaway Quiz – we, 5 people had to fly to Germany.

This year Linux Conference Europe, Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Cloud Open were held together in Duesseldorf Germany.
We at OLIMEX decided that we learned so much from Linux community in the last two years around OLinuXino that we should give back what we can and become Bronze sponsor was our way to say “Thanks” to Linus and Co. about the great work they do!

It’s nice to see your name among other companies which support Linux:


sure we are still small and barely seen hehe 🙂


For these who never have been on Linux Con, its a smaller than FOSDEM for instance. I guess because the entry ticket for the conference is $600 while FOSDEM is free and attracts more students, Linux Con is more Corporate oriented.

What you can see here is Intel, Samsung, Freescale, Texas Instruments, Mediatek, Red Hat and many others of the big companies which support Linux development.

You can make *very* useful contacts there.

For instance these two guys are Rockchip and Mediatek Linux Kernel maintainers:


We finally met there a developer who is working on Texas Instruments Sitara SDK, which we desperately trying to approach with our AM3352 board Linux problems, so we may finally solve all remaining issues ( I will blog more for this later!).

Also we got contacts with Qualcomm/Artheros and Mediatek Home Entertainment unit … soooo maybe in near future we will have 64 bit OSHW ARM development board for mortals, crossing fingers this to be sooner :))

As being sponsors we got table to present our OSHW Linux computer boards:


Around our table most of the time there was crowd starting from 8.00


even during the lunch time:


here we got visitors from Google interested in OLinuXino for their University Program:


Sure Linux Con had tons of interesting talks, thanks to Linux-Sunxi community now Allwinner chips are well recognized, there were several lectures about what Linux-Sunxi did in the past year:


Overall Linux Con is great event worth visiting, where else you can see Linus Torvald passing by you few meters away and even taking picture next to him 😉


(sure this is fake, I guess all of the thousands Linux Con attendees want picture with Linus, so the organizers solved this very elegant – there was photo corner where they take picture of you then mix with Linus on background 🙂 so he even doesn’t know how many people took picture with him – do not tell anyone!)

At the end of the Linux Con there were contest with prizes:


Three A10-OLinuXino-LIME were given away as prizes 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Geha
    Oct 17, 2014 @ 20:52:46

    You mention Mediatek. I recently learned about an interesting SoC of theirs, which I’d like to see in tiny Olimex board: MT2502A, used in LinkIt One:

    Unfortunately, there is currently no detailed data sheet available (with register descriptions for programmers who want to develop their own software stack on this chip), but people asking for this documentation on Mediatek’s developer forum and supposed Mediatek employee’s responses suggest that the company might change its policy, but since this is their first attempt at an offer to make to DIY makers, they had not yet considered this (forum seems to be unavailable at the moment, so link is to Google cache):

    Should the Google cache be unavailable, too, last resort might be:

    However, once a proper data sheet (technical reference manual) becomes available, it would be great if you could make a board similar to Olinuxino-NANO, but with MT2502A instead if IMX233 SoC. Since that Mediatek SoC is much smaller and probably even less power hungry, you might even be able to shrink the board to DIP 0.6″, which you write you were not able to achieve with Olinuxino-NANO:

    I think, that Mediatek SoC would be ideal for a number of IoT projects, if packed on small boards, which could even rival Olimexino-85 in size. What makes the SoC particularly interesting is the high density of wireless connection methods it supports (WiFi, Bluetooth, GPRS).


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