TuxCon 2017 Open Source Hardware and Software conference will be 3-4 of June in Plovdiv

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Just 70 days ahead is the 4th TuxCon conference in Plovdiv dedicated to Open Source Hardware and Software. For more info watch on conference page at http://tuxcon.mobi/

The entrance is free for all visitors. TuxCon is a community event and it is organized by volunteers.

3rd of June is the day for lectures and lighting talks, if you have something interesting to share please send your request to info@tuxcon.mobi

On 4th of June we invite you to the traditional soldering hardware hackathon in Olimex training building.

GNU/Linux Install fest in Plovdiv @ Olimex on December 10th

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We will host for a first time GNU/Linux install fest.

If you have problem with some device or driver or don’t know how to tweak your Linux distribution, or just want to chat with other people who use Linux – come to us on December 10th, 11.00-14.30 o’clock and meet Linux experts who will participate this event and get free advice and help.

Where to find us? Here is Google Maps Olimex Ltd location. And here is picture of the map, the green dot is the Olimex Training building where the GNU/Linux install fest will take place:

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Looking forward to meet you there.

Here is the link of the event in Facebook.

FOSDEM 2017 is approaching, are you ready for soldering workshops and playing with TERES-I DIY Hacker’s friendly OSHW laptop?

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FOSDEM is the biggest event in Europe about Open Source technologies.

Every year thousands of FOSS/OSHW enthusiasts and professionals meet in Brussels in ULB (Universite Libre de Bruxelles) in 41 Dev Rooms and talk about interesting problems they have faced during the year.

We just got e-mail that Olimex is approved for booth there!

So prepare for soldering workshop fun with the OSHW-GHOST and FOSDEM-85!

TERES-I Do It Yourself Hacker’s friendly modular Laptop designed completely with KiCAD will be also present at the booth.

KiCAD developers are in EDA room and as far I heard there will be very interesting tutorials and how-to’s examples how to implement simple new commands and extensions to KiCAD for people who want to contribute code.

So plan in advance your flight to Brussels, we looking forward to see you there 4th and 5th of February 2017!

Open Fest 2016 – Soldering of the Open Source Hardware GHOST

“A ghost is haunting Europe—the ghost of communism.” said Carl Marx in 1848

We can re-phrase “A Ghost is haunting OpenFest 2016 – the ghost of open source hardware” 😀

We created this Soldering Kit specially for Open Fest as third year in a row we do soldering workshops there:

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It’s a very simple board, specially made for novices with small PIC10F206 microcontroller which has only 512 words of Flash memory and 24 bytes of RAM, still enough to write C code like this.

In the good Olimex traditions being overwhelmed with work we totally forgot for the soldering workshop and started the project 3 weeks before OpenFest 🙂

The board was quickly routed with KiCAD and we sent to PCB manufacturer in China, who keep the promise to make the blank PCBs for 1 week and shipped on time but DHL late with the customs clearance and we got the board Friday morning! The workshop was Saturday and Sunday, right on time!

Then we had half Friday fun with Microchip’s MPLABX tools, which refused to re-program the PIC10F206 once it’s programmed.

After few hours we found that MPLABX version 3.35 can program and erase PIC10F206 just fine but MPLABX 3.45 don’t.

Still there was enough time till 20.00 o’clock and we managed to program 200 kits ready for soldering next day 🙂

The initial intention was to make LED breathe but after losing so much time with MPLABX we decided the first version to be simple 10 times blink!

Here you can see people assembling it on OpenFest:

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Girls, Boys, Kids all were not afraid and took the soldering irons:

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After OpenFest we continued to investigate why the newer MPLABX refused to program PIC10F206 more than once, the problem was trivial, to erase it the Vcc must be above 4.5V:

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Still interesting why MPLABX 3.35 was erasing it even without this voltage settings 🙂

This is why working with embedded systems is such fun. You never know where you can step aside and you have to worry not just for the code but also for the hardware as source of mistakes.

Needless to say we had no any assembly instructions for the kit at OpenFest, but now proudly we put them on the web site of the kit.

 

Are you ready for OpenFest 2016? We will have the already traditional Soldering Workshop there – The GHOST of Open Source Hardware is waiting for you!

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Tomorrow is Open Fest 2016 in Sofia! The is similar to FOSDEM yearly meeting of thousands of people in Bulgaria, who care about the open source technologies.

The program is here: http://www.openfest.org/2016/en/schedule/

Beside the talk about our progress on the OSHW Laptop , we will have the traditional FREE Soldering Workshop there.

For this purpose we created special PCB named The GHOST of the Open Source Hardware 🙂

Come and have fun, the board is very easy to assembly. It has two LEDs and PIC microcontroller with capacitive touch button made as the OSHW logo. As soon as you touch it the GHOST ‘eyes’ start to glow slowly.

The PCB has pin so you can attach it to your cloths as badge. On top there is standard Microchip ICSP connector, so later you can modify the code up to your taste.

We will have limited number of soldering irons with us, so if you have your own, bring it with you to speed up the assembly and not make tails of people waiting to solder their kit.

Microsoft with keynote speak on LinuxCon – if you can’t beat them join them?

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news from Phoronix

No, you read it correct there is no mistake. This year Microsoft has keynote speak at LinuxCon in Toronto 🙂

As per their Azure blog they are going to share Microsoft’s open source developments there.

I guess this is part of Microsoft activity to appear as more open source friendly company trying to break in the open source enthusiasts market?

None is using Windows on small embedded SBC where Linux and Android is dominating and they try to make their path there?

As part of this recently Microsoft ported their power shell to Linux, pretty useless effort IMO who Linux user would switch from Bash to power shell?

SoftUni camp Soldering workshop – 17th of August in Hisarrya

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This week, right after our vacation we have been invited to make soldering workshop in SoftUni camp – the summer camp of the Software University.

More than 30 enthusiastic youngsters most of who have never worked with hardware assembled their first electronic boards and then learned how to program them with Arduino IDE.

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The boards they assembled were: OLIMEXINO-85-KIT, FOSDEM-85 and SIMON-85-KIT

It was amazing that all of the boards were working at the end 🙂

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