LPC: Coping with hardware diversity
Posted Sep 15, 2011 14:45 UTC (Thu) by btraynor
Parent article: LPC: Coping with hardware diversity
Why does Mr. Rusling believe that it all wasn't just Linux before? Even though development triggers vary, such as bringing the next great cellphone to market, building a great netbook, or ensuring the antilock brakes function properly in your car. All of the development effort eventually filters upstream when the OSS principles are adhered to. In the end, a kernel fix, or a UI enhancement all come from the same place.
But why bother to "stop having separate conferences for embedded developers"? Should the desktop conferences stop too? Should there be 1 super conference again (LinuxWorld)?
Classification or specialization in an ecosystem as big as Linux seems to me to benefit the broader community in that it allows for smaller, lower cost conferences to be hosted in various locales that would otherwise not be able to accommodate a giant conference.
Besides, if there were one super conference, it would result in a million and one Birds of a Feather (BoFs) sessions consisting of developers with specific interests, i.e. Embedded Linux.
But what's in a name anyway? Call it what you will, but communities form around commonalities regardless, such as hardware (ex. BeagleBoard), or software (ex. Debian).
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