LinuxCon/Embedded Linux Conference 2015 recap

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LinuxCon and Embedded Linux Conference 2015 this year was in Dublin 5-7 of October in Dublin Convention Center:

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We have been sponsoring the conference for second year:

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As you see the “bad” Arduino team also was sponsor on this event 😉 I had chance to chat with some of their developers on beer and things seems not so black/white as most of the internet blogs make to look.
Usually all articles I read are about how these bad guys have not developed nothing in the software and how Arduino IDE and community are done alone by Massimo Banzi group while Gianluca Martino just produced the hardware and nothing else, but looks like YUN is developed completely by the bad guys. So nothing is simple black and white, Massimo Banzi always have been the face of Arduino in all articles, so it’s normal that people associate him with Arduino brand and simpatize him when the split become real, but the fact that Massimo Banzi dropped the use of Arduino outside USA and now name the boards Genuino also speak of itself.

Anyway I really do not follow so closely what happens with all their arguing. Arduino is still great for beginners, but now the development tools are very confusing, both teams use term Arduino IDE and similar revision numbering which is very confusing for instance arduino.cc IDE is version 1.6.5 while arduino.org IDE is 1.7.7!

C’mon guys Arduino used to be simple for beginners, now they will struggle even at the first step to install their software, wondering which and where to download to may work with their boards!

Most interesting at LinuxCon/ELCE of course is to see face to face lot of Linux developers which you usually otherwise see only in IRC and G+.

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Try the famous Guinness beer:

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Personally I didn’t like Guinness, but there were lot of other beers to try like: Murphy’s, o’Hara’s and even some 7.5%-8% alcohol content beers which are pretty strong which we found in the store near our hotel

There were plenty of talks, one of the most interesting (at least for us) was about DTS debugging.  We didn’t knew such thing exist!

Next talk to mention is from Linux-Sunxi developer Hans de Goede, who talked for the mainlining efforts for the new $9 CHIP computer with Allwinner A13 derivate inside. What I like is that Hans was using A10S-OLinuXino to present his slides as CHIP still have no video working.

Surprisingly there was lecture from Bulgarian Academy of Science about making cluster of small computers. Too bad these guys didn’t know about OLinuXino and made their experiments with some unknown Chinese board 😉

As on any other event here also had big “looking for job / offering job” panel. The Bulgarian presence at LinuxCon/ELCE was also noticed there:

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For these who don’t know Bulgarian the cyrillic text in the right hand side “Бича Айляк – Hire me, please!” is slang used in Plovdiv area and could be translated like “I do nothing and enjoy it – Hire me please!”. We still investigate who wrote it to hire him/her here at Olimex 😀

Linux Con Europe 2014

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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:

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sure we are still small and barely seen hehe 🙂

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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:

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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:

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

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even during the lunch time:

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

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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:

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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 😉

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(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:

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

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Funny: Oracle presentation at Linux Con

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This is funny photo was taken by Jim Campbell at Linux Con in USA last week and he originally posted on his G+.

LInux Con 2014 US presentation slides

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Linux Con USA is over and here you can see all presentation slides.

Linux Conference and Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2014 are in Dusseldorf 13-15 of October

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The biggest Linux event in Europe this year will be held in Dusseldorf from 13th to 15th of October.

We are Bronze Sponsor for the ELCE and are going to have exhibit table in the lobby where we will show all our OLinuXino OSHW boards and SOM modules with Allwinner, Rockchip, Freescale and TI SoCs.

 

Embedded Linux Conference 2013 – Free Electrons Slides

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Thomas Petazzoni published his slides for Linux Con 2013, for these who want to learn more about Device Tree and how new SOC support is add to Linux Kernel this will be interesting reading: http://elinux.org/images/5/5e/Elc2013_Petazzoni.pdf