OpenWRT summit 2015, Dublin recap

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OpenWRT summit 2015 was in Dublin on 8 October right after ELCE so we took the chance to stay one more day and participate, this was right decision.

OpenWRT summit was organized by Prpl Foundation, the event is the first one to get together all OpenWRT developers and it become very interested event .

Few talks took my attention:

1. Adding new SoC to OpenWrt presented by Hauke Mehrtens
Hauke went through what you should consider when add new SoC to OpenWRT. It was brief without complex and boring stuff.

2.Project Turris – open router with OpenWrt presented by Bedrich Kosata
This was one of most interesting lecture at least for me as it talks for project Turris – build of completely open source hardware router for traffic monitoring and DDoS prevention.

3. Securing the Internet of (broken) Things present by Cesare Garlati
Now this was scary thing and show how the aim to connect everything to Internet without proper security measures could be dangerous. Showing how people can take over control on your car which is connected to Internet, or how they can change the volume of medicine which go in your veins by manipulating your internet connected medical pump – stuff which could kill people!

4. Introducing the sunxi target – Your next IoT gadget presented by Zoltan Herpai the Allwinner SoC maintainer in OpenWRT.

Let’s hope Prpl Foundation or OpenWRT people will set page and put the slides online, many people will be interested!

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 😀

OpenWrt Summit 2015 will be in Dublin, Ireland on October 8th

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This year LinuxCon Europe and Embedded Linux Conference Europe will be in Dublin, Ireland from October 5th to October 7th.

Olimex is bronze sponsor to ELCE for second year.

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What we learn is that this year after LinuxCon/ELCE in the same place on October 8th will be FREE to attend OpenWrt Summit which is sponsored by Prpl Foundation.

You can learn more details here.