|| ||Michael Opdenacker <michael-AT-free-electrons.com>|
|| ||CE Linux Forum conference report and videos|
|| ||Tue, 18 Apr 2006 00:07:33 +0200|
Dear LWN editors,
I hope you are interested in the following report...
Thanks for everything,
The 2006 edition of the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF)
conference took place last week (April 11 and 12) in San Jose,
California. For the first time, it was called "Embedded Linux
Conference", as the ELC accronym is now free after the end of the
Embedded Linux Consortium last year. For the first time too, it was open
to the general public (for a very moderate registration fee), and not
only to CELF members like last year.
This conference featured approximately 40 talks, tutorials or Bird Of a
Feather sessions as well as several product demos, 100% targeted to
embedded system developers. See
http://www.celinux.org/elc2006/sessions.html for session descriptions.
The conference attracted many participants from Asia (mainly Japan and
Korea), from the USA and a few from Europe.
A few key topics: system size and boot time, real-time (now getting
mature thanks to the prempt-rt patches), power management, debugging and
tracing, as well as work on common specifications and APIs. Of course,
many sessions also covered the audio, video and graphics topics. An
interestingly new focus on solutions for multi-core embedded systems
also appeared. The first day ended with demos and a reception, chaired
by a giant penguin made of ice. Actually, at 7:30 pm, many people went
back to the meeting rooms to participate to BOF sessions. The second day
ended with an entertaining embedded Linux quiz game between 2 teams from
the audience, a team of geeks (from industry members), and a team of
nerds (community developers).
This conference was a great way for developers across many companies to
share their experience and issues, and also an opportinity to meet key
community developers such as Greg Kroah Hartman (Linux kernel), Rob
Landley (Busybox), Greg Ungerer (uClinux), Matt Mackall (Linux Tiny,
Linux kernel and Mercurial), Hyok S. Choi (MMU-less arm Linux), Thomas
Gleixner (Linux real-time patches), Pat Mochel and Pavel Macheck
The CE Linux Forum, created and driven by Tim Bird (a faithful penguin
lover who appeared first in Novell, Caldera and then Lineo, and now
works for Sony), is a non profit consortium, with the goal to develop
the suitability of Linux as an operating system for Consumer Electronics
devices. Its members are major embedded system makers, software vendors
and service providers. It hosts projects like reducing Linux size and
startup time and works on common specifications and standards (such as
the phone or graphics API). It is also setting up a test lab that will
let remote developers test their code on a wide range of architectures
and embedded platforms.
Inclusion in mainstream versions is a key objective for CELF and these
projects. For example, many Linux Tiny patches are now available in the
latest Vanilla Linux kernel.
Hence, CELF now plays a significant role in the Free and Open Source
Software developer and user community. Its technical conferences,
developer mailing list and wiki are open to anyone.
To make this event profitable to as many persons as possible, some
videos have been shot by Free Electrons' Michael Opdenacker. These
videos, along with videos from other conferences, are available under a
free license on http://free-electrons.com/community/videos/conferences/
. Slides are being collected on
http://tree.celinuxforum.org/CelfPubWiki/ELC2006Presentat... . See also
LinuxDevices.com's detailed coverage of the demo session.
It is easy to capture and encode your own videos on GNU/Linux. So, don't
hesitate to make your own ones next time you go to a technical conference!
Free Embedded Linux Training Materials
(More than 1000 pages!)
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