Hardware Hackathon June 4th at OLIMEX training building

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Here is map how to get to us tomorrow. Normal path from Boulevard “6-ti Septemvri” which is being reconstructed more than year is marked with blue.

Do not take this route with car. Walking is possible but adventurous 🙂

The new path is from Boulevard “Tsarigradsko shose”, right turn at “Kemera” street, then left and right to “Prohlada” street and left turn when you cross “Pravda” street.

The Hackathon starts at 11.00 o’clock . The goal will be to Do-It-Yourself this sweet board:

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First we will speak a bit about the different electronic components which are used and how to solder them properly. Then we will assembly 100 kits and learn how to install Arduino IDE and program them.

We will experiment with capacitive buttons implementation – the Kitty nose. Then we will try to compose different melodies and upload them.

The Hackathon will end 17.00 o’clock and we will move somewhere to drink beer.

TuxCon 2017 full agenda is published

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First day will be in Technical University Plovdiv and includes presentations of interesting open source projects and the first Bulgarian Home retro computer Pravetz 8D.
Guest lecturer is Igor Pečovnik who will talk for the popular Armbian GNU/Linux distribution  for Allwinner SoCs.
There will be also two booths for OpenSUSE and Retro computers.

10:30 – 10:50 Opening speech by our hosts from Technical University
11:00 – 11:30 Quality Assurance according to Einstein, Alex Todorov
11:40 – 12:10 Network monitoring by using netflow, Radi Dochev
12:20 – 12:50 dnsdist, Petko Angelov
13:00 – 13:30 Open Source Computer vision for your projects, Marian Marinov
13:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:50 First Bulgarian HomeComputer – Pravetz 8D, George Dramchev
15:00 – 15:50 Armbian GNU/Linux distribution, Igor Pečovnik
16:00 – 16:30 Tracing python applications, Nikolay Stoizev
16:45 – 17:45 Lightning talks x5 minutes
17:45 – 18:00 Quiz and closure

Traditionally at Saturday evening after the presentation we will continue with non-formal beer event at near by restaurant “Yuzhen Polah 2” at Bulair St 32.

Sunday June 4th we start at 11:00 in Olimex train building at 2 Pravda St.

We will have brief presentation about how to solder and basic knowledge for the electronic components, then we will solder the specially made for TuxCon Kitty badge and learn how to program it with Arduino IDE. 100 badges are ready as kits and will be given away free of charge, but we have limited number of soldering irons, so if you have one bring it to the event 🙂
Members of the local Radio club will install huge antenna at our backyard and have fun like last year.
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TuxCon is totally free event made by volunteers in partnership with Technical University in Plovdiv. No need for registration, no entry fees.
Looking forward to see you this weekend in Plovdiv 🙂

TuxCon Open Source Hardware and Software Conference is this weekend in Plovdiv

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This weekend is TuxCon, conference about open source hardware and software in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In Saturday June 3rd the conference will begin at 10.30 o’clock in Technical University in Plovdiv. There are seven interesting lectures and Lighting talks.

Our special guest this year is Igor Pečovnik who will present Armbian – special Linux distribution for embedded ARM SoCs. Armbian is well known in Allwinner community as it supports almost every board with Allwinner ARM SoCs.

In Sunday, June 4th we will have the traditional Hardware hackathon at Olimex training building.

This year our main street is under heavy reconstruction so prepare for the fun to pass by the border of the near gipsy ghetto to may come to us 🙂

 

TuxCon Kitty, it’s a badge with buzzer, LEDs and shape of Kitty, which play songs when you touch it nose.

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The PCB is programmable by Arduino IDE and you can compose your own melody.

So far we have NyanCat, Mario Bross and Star Wars ready for upload.

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.

All TuxCon 2016 Day 1 talks videos are uploaded on Youtube

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All TuxCon 2016 talks from Day 1 are now online, some of them are in English, some in Bulgarian language.

TuxCon 2016 highlights – two days fun with open source hardware and software

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TuxCon free and open source software and hardware conference was last weekend in Plovdiv.

This is local, small conference which once per year gather enthusiasts and people who love open technologies at one place.

The event started on July 9th at 11 o’clock with Trayan who spoke about Java Robotics or how do you program Lego Mindstorm in Java:

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then Yassen spoke about the future of Jitsi Meet

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Damyan followed with serious topic explaining how different Linux distributions deal with security updates in a quite a funny way involving such a famous Bulgarian folk singer like Mr. Milko Kalaydjiev in Linux Matter (the video will worth watching).

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Roland who come from Cambridge, UK specially for TuxCon presented us his ideas about the future of the education:

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Then we had lunch break with sandwitches and the famous TuxCon cookies:

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After the lunch was one of the most anticipated talk this year: about the Retro Computer Puldin.

Puldin is local Plovdiv pride, the only computer designed from scratch in Bulgaria both hardware and software. On TuxCon 2015 we invited people who designed the hardware to talk, this year we invited the software developer teams. Mr. Nedialko Todorov who was director for this project talk about how the idea to make Puldin come and how it was realized.

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Puldin design started in 1988 at that time already IBM-PC was on the market with 8088 processor from Intel working at the lighting speed 4.77Mhz. The developers decided to make the new computer software compatible with IBM-PC, so files from IBM-PC disk can be read/written and cross-compiled. At that time all electronic developments should have used Bulgarian electronic components so they choose CM601 which was copy of Motorola 6800 – 8-bit processor.

They made their own BIOS, DOS, Pascal compiler, BASIC, text editor same as famous PE2 (all this written in assembler!).

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Orlin Shopov who leaded the software development team at that time shared that they had to fit everything in 16KB of ROM memory and at the end they had no single byte free!

The result was that the BASIC code on Puldin (with 6800 @1Mhz) was running faster than same code written on IBM-PC (8088 @4.77Mhz).

The BASIC interpreter of Puldin was written by Todor Todorov more famous with the Eddie viruses he wrote later (a.k.a. Dark Avenger).

For this talk four members of the team come together:

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From Left to Right: Dimitar Georgiev, Ivo Nenov, Nedialko Todorov, Orlin Shopov

Puldin computers were at TuxCon also:

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people could see what is inside:

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or take autograph from the developers on the old user manuals 🙂

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The next talk was no less interesting. Edmund come from Vienna to talk about FOSS tools used in FPGAs:

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He explained why we also need open source IPs. The FPGA vendors offer IP blobs which are “free” to use, but they are huge and you actually pay them in the price of the bigger FPGAs you buy to use them. Good example was for HDMI IP which FPGA vendor give away for free but use many different modes and resolutions which you may not need but have to use. Open Source HDMI design tailored to your needs may fit in 10 times less resources.

In next lecture Lubomir talked how he is attempting to create 3D model based on 2D pictures taken with his phone, quite interesting topic and interesting results:

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Then Dimitar show us how to build custom Android images:

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Delian has announced to talk for OpenSCAD but instead of this he talked about his dream to move the manufacturing from China back to Bulgaria 🙂 and to do manufacture on demand with new technologies like 3D printers, DIY assembly machines.

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In the next talk George was talking for creating web sites with open source technology, he dedicated his talk to Ian Murdock

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Stoyan shared in the next talk his experience with setting up corporate servers. He wanted to bet that in 90% of the public administration running Microsoft server solutions are set to default configuration with no cache enabled etc etc which effectively kills more than half of the performance potential hardware has. Anyone want to contest his statement?

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The first day closed with Lighting talks and interesting Quiz.

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Day 2 continued in Olimex training building. We have just 50 seats there but around 70 people come 🙂

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Fortunately Dimitar Gamishev has bring 10 meter radio antenna with some Radio sniffer, so some people were there and enjoying listen to space stations communication and local police which obviously do not care to encrypt their channels 🙂

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meantime Trayan made practical workshop how Lego robot is programming

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Peter present our attempt to make Robotic arm programmable with JavaScript

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Then we learn how to program FPGAs with our new ICE40 boards:

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and we finished with the status of our DIY laptop:

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Special thanks to TuxCon organizers, sponsors and all people who come and were part of this wonderful event!

TuxCon conference about free and open source software and hardware technologies is this weekend!

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TuxCon 2016 will be this weekend 9th and 10th of July in Plovdiv. Be prepared it will be hot weather, prognosis are for 30-31C in the weekend!

BNR (Bulgarian National Radio) posted about TuxCon today.

The conference start at 11 o’clock with Reactive Java Robotics, Jitsi Meet, Security updates in GNU/Linux distributions and Open source in Education Welearners  project.

After the lunch we will continue with Retro Computing, Open Source tools for FPGA, How to calculate 3D coordinates with 2D camera, Android customization, Open SCAD, How to use Open Source for corporate needs, MOVI voice recognition with Arduino.

Lighting talks at 18.00 will close the first day and we will move to the traditional beer party in popular Plovdiv pub with Free Beer from TuxCon sponsors (Free as Beer not as Speech 😀 ).

In Sunday three workshops will be held in Olimex training building, starting again at 11 o’clock.

Reactive Java robotics, Open Source Hardware Robotics and First steps in FPGA for absolute beginners.

Open Source Hardware Robotics – we will talk about our attempt to re-invent the popular mechanical robot hand from the past Robko, but with complete new mechanics and controlled via Internet with ESP8266 WiFi and JavaScript API. We will show the problems electronic engineers face when attempt to do mechanical projects.

FPGA for absolute beginners will introduce in popular way what FPGAs are and how they evolved with time, how they are programmed. We will emphasis on the first FOSS tool to work with FPGAs – IceStorm and we will make our first blink LED demo, then will take look at more sophisticated code of video generation and how to make small game like Flappy Bird on iCE40HX1K-EVB.

TuxCon is free to attend, everyone with interests in Open Source Software and Hardware is invited.

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