Long Term Support Initiative (LTSI) Linux Kernel for Consumer Electronics

The Linux Foundation announced a new project, the Long Term Support Initiative (LTSI), created by the Consumer Electronics Workgroup (CE WG) at Linuxcon Europe 2011 in Prague. LTSI aims at reducing duplication of effort in maintaining separate private industry kernel trees. The LTSI project intends to deliver an annual release of a Linux kernel suitable for supporting the lifespan of consumer electronics products and regular updates of those releases for two to three years. The project is backed by several companies in the consumer electronics industry including Hitachi, LG Electronics, NEC, Panasonic, Qualcomm Atheros, Renesas Electronics Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony and Toshiba. LTSI will allow device makers to spend less time doing significant back-porting, bug testing and driver development on their own, which carries substantial cost in terms of time-to-market, as well as development and engineering effort to maintain those custom kernels. In some ways, this is similar to Linaro, expect LTSI focuses on consumer electronics and is not limited …

Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2011

Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELC-E 2011) will take place on October 26 – 28, 2011 at Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. The event will be co-located with LinuxCon Europe 2011 and GStreamer Conference. The day before the official opening of the conference, two tutorials will be offered on Tuesday 25th of October:b Outside the Box: An Introduction to Embedded Linux and Hardware Interfacing Using the Snowball Board – 9:00 – 17:00 – Trainer: Chris Simmonds – Cost: 350 USD. Embedded Android Workshop – 9:00 – 17:00 – Trainer: Karim Yaghmour- Cost: 300 USD. ELCE consists of 3 days of presentations, tutorials and sessions. There will be over 50 sessions during those 3 days. I’ll highlight a few sessions that I find particularly interesting. October 26 10:45 – 11:45 – Linaro’s Android Platform by Zach Pfeffer, Linaro Android Platform team leader. Linaro uses components from the Android Open Source Project, member companies, community supported efforts and Linaro engineering teams …

LinuxCon 2011 Presentation: Linux Basics

The fifth and last presentation entitled  “Linux Basics” was presented by Lance Albertson, Systems Administrator and Greg Lund-Chaix, “Open source software geek” at OSUOSL (Oregon State University Open Source Lab) at LinuxCon 2011. Abstract: This presentation comes in two parts: The first part gives an overview of Linux, lists the main Linux distributions and explains which one to choose depending on your requirements. It then focuses on Linux administration with some shell commands, how to set permissions and monitor and control processes. The second part is more like a system administrator tutorial showing you how to use VIM Editor,  the commands to control networking, how to make use of SSH for remote access, explains about package management, services (such as http and mysql) by using Apache and Mysql as examples and configuration management, before finally giving the instructions for installing WordPress once Apache andM ySQL are running. If you want to download the presentation slides, please go to Linux basics (part 1) …

LinuxCon 2011 Presentation: Embedded Systems

The fourth presentation entitled  “Embedded Systems” was presented by Tim Harder, developer at OSUOSL (Oregon State University Open Source Lab) on the 16th of August 2011 at LinuxCon 2011. Abstract: This presentation deals with software development for Embedded Systems especially focusing on Linux and open source.  It describes current software development challenges such as fast software life cycle and memory footprint issues, lists several open hardware projects (Beagleboard, Pandaboard, Bug Labs, Gumstix),  microcontrollers (Arduino and TI MSP430), different operating systems (Android, Meego) and toolchain build tools (Buildroot, Yocto) for embedded systems. It also explains specific challenges to embedded software development such a the numerous number of hardware platforms and software & hardware  tools. Finally, it deals with the cross-compilers, emulators (e.g. qemu) and debugging tools (gdb, jtag, serial console, etc…). If you want to download the presentation slides, please go to Embedded Systems and use the download button on top of the Slideshare presentation. If it does not work, you may …

LinuxCon 2011 Presentation: Introduction to Python Programming Language

The third LinuxCon 2011 presentation is “Intro to Python” by Peter Krenesky, Lead Software Engineer at OSU Open Source Lab. Abstract: This presentation is a Python programming language tutorial with basics of Python including none, strings, formatting, data structures (tuple, list, dict, slices, etc…), classes (methods, inheritance, initializers, etc…), if statements, iterations and more. If you want to download the presentation slides, please go to Intro to Python and use the download button on top of the Slideshare presentation. If it does not work, you may also download a copy here or here.

LinuxCon 2011 Presentation: Hosting Open Source Projects at the OSUOSL

The second presentation entitled  “Hosting Open Source Projects at the OSUOSL” was presented by Lance “Ramereth” Albertson, Systems Administrator / Architect at OSUOSL (Oregon State University Open Source Lab) at LinuxCon 2011. Abstract: This presentation describes the hosting infrastructure (data centers, networking etc..) and human resources at OSUOSL, lists some famous customers (linux.org, xiph.org), explains how to request hosting for your open source project, lists the software tools used in the hosting servers and finally deals with funding and the future of open source hosting services at OSUOSL. If you want to download the presentation slides, please go to Hosting Open Source Projects at the OSUOSL and use the download button on top of the Slideshare presentation. If it does not work, you may also download a copy here.

LinuxCon 2011 Presentation: Fundamentals of Open Source Development

I’ll post links to the LinuxCon 2011 presentations made available via slideshare by Oregon State University Open Source Lab. There will be 5 blog posts with LinuxCon presentations. The first presentation is the “The Fundamentals of Open Source Development” by  Leslie Hawthorn, Outreach Manager and Jeff Sheltren, Operations Manager of the OSD Open Source Lab. The actual presentation took place on the 16th of August 2011 at LinuxCon 2011. Abstract: This presentation deals with the definition of open source, which companies, projects and industries use open source software, how to get started, understanding the open source philosophy, communicating with other developers with mailing lists, IRC,…, using revision control system and general guidelines on how to get involved in open source project.   If you want to download the presentation slides, please go to Fundamentals of Open Source Development and use the download button on top of the Slideshare presentation. If it does not work, you may also download a copy here.