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I just updated my page on Free Embedded Linux Training and wanted to mention this here as well, in case you haven’t heard yet.

The Yocto Project is providing a full day of embedded Linux training FREE OF CHARGE in Barcelona, Spain, the day after the Embedded Linux Conference Europe, on 8 November, 2012. More information here or contact me in the comments below.

(Full disclosure: I am the community manager for the Yocto Project)


In August 2009, I published an article on developerWorks that describes how to boot Angstrom Linux on the BeagleBoard revision C. The article has been very popular, with over 52,000 views.

Today, check developerWorks for a new article titled
Booting Linux on the BeagleBoard xM. This new article describes how to get Angstrom, Ubuntu, and Android running on the xM. I’m thankful for any comments.


I was a track chair for ARM TechCon this year. The conference, which took place about two weeks ago at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is an annual gathering for ARM licensees, purveyors, developers, and enthusiasts. It was very well attended this year, and many of the sessions were quite crowded.

As I discussed in a webinar just before the show, I had a huge list of sessions to attend. I used the Schedule Builder to organize the list, and that helped tremendously, but it was still difficult to keep sessions straight. There were many overlapping talks, which I and many other people I talked to found unfortunate – despite the pressure it puts on speakers, it is generally best to keep sessions to the same lengths so that people can transition from one to the other without having to leave in the middle. Despite that, though, it was a heck of a good technical conference.

Obviously there was no way I could attend all of the sessions I planned to, but I did go to a fair number and learned quite a lot. Here are some highlights:

  • Wednesday Keynotes: ARM President Tudor Brown, Yahoo’s Ron Jacoby talking about connected TVs, and the very lively and fascinating Sehat Sutardja discussing Marvell’s commitment to ARM
  • My colleague and MontaVista co-blogger Nick Pollitt gave a great talk about a source-based approach to embedded Linux development. I recorded audio for this one and hope to get it up soon on our podcast page
  • I caught the latter half of my friend Gerald Coley’s presentation on the BeagleBoard xM, which was standing room only
  • I listened to David Rusling discuss Linaro, and also found out about its importance in TI’s PandaBoard project
  • I caught the tail end of Thursday’s keynote on mobile payments by PayPal’s Eric Duprat, which made me wish I had skipped coffee and arrived earlier
  • Ian Rickards discussed the dual-core Cortex-A9, which made me want a PandaBoard even more than I already did

I was very sad to miss Khem Raj’s talk on OpenEmbedded. I do wish I could have cloned myself! Or at least sent an ARM-powered robot to all of the sessions I missed.

Speaking of which, of course I must mention the ARM-powered Lego Rubiks-cube solver – a handmade robot that must be seen to be believed!


Schedule builders are all the rage for technical conferences these days, and no wonder – there is far too much good content to see at one shot. For example, ARM TechCon, which starts next Tuesday in Santa Clara, CA, has over 70 sessions in the course of three days. One must have some method for viewing the

EETimes has provided the ARM TechCon Schedule Builder, with which one can pick and choose which sessions look interesting, and then view one’s personal schedule to identify timing conflicts. I went to the site and then went over the entire list of presentations, choosing interesting ones as I went, and simply checked the box next to each one. Then I clicked over to My Schedule and all of the sessions I chose were presented in a calendar view, enabling me to easily see all the conflicts I had in choosing which sessions to attend. (Note that you must be logged into the site in order to save a list.)

Unfortunately, the tool didn’t actually enable me to clone myself, or more realistically to choose which sessions to attend among the excellent content available, but it did help me pare down the list considerably. I used the schedule builder to create the list I spoke about in today’s EETimes webinar, My ARM TechCon: What a few industry leaders will be doing at the event, in which I was very privileged to be a participant among ARM-savvy embedded luminaries like Christian Legare. Note that this webinar should be available to stream in the next day or so – and there is a bonus registration discount at the end.

Kudoes to EETimes for providing such a useful tool!