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I have finally updated my calendar of open source and embedded systems conferences.

There have been a lot of changes this year, most notably the Embedded Linux Conference moving from April up to February and also moving location from San Francisco to Redwood Shores, CA, USA. This is a premier annual meeting of embedded Linux engineers, and I am pleased to announce an addition this year. On Tuesday, February 14, the Yocto Project presents a Developer Day, a full day of embedded Linux training, free of charge. Seating is limited, so register early and get more information on the Yocto Project Developer Day page at the Linux Foundation.

I will be attending and speaking at several of these conferences. If you see me, say hi!


This week, I am traveling to Oregon to attend the Community Leadership Summit Sat-Sun and O’Reilly’s OSCON Mon-Fri. That’s a full week of high community involvement, and I am looking forward to every minute of it.

As regular readers know, I’ll be speaking at OSCON on the subject of the BeagleBoard, my favorite inexpensive single-board computer based on the ARM Cortex-A8. I’ll present detailed instructions on how to boot several flavors of Linux (with demos!) and I’ll have a prototype of the new BeagleBoard xM that is set to debut at the end of July. My talk is Wednesday at 2:30 just after Bryan Smith’s presentation on the SheevaPlug, which I am very much looking forward to hearing.

I’m also looking forward to the Embedded Linux Community BoF, which I’ll be running on Wednesday evening at 7pm. This BoF is opposite the recently-announced Android Hands-On, but I am hoping to stimulate a conversation more about the embedded community in general than about specific distributions. The roundtable discussion will likely focus on non-mobile embedded computing, particularly build systems like OpenEmbedded and the new crop of inexpensive reference platforms, and how communities can accelerate development, even among corporations (witness GENIVI, open-source success in the automotive industry).

I will also be joining the Teaching Open Source crowd at the Education BoF on Monday evening, where we hope to discuss many issues surrounding the Open Source Way and its impact on open-source concepts in education. A splinter group (ha!) will very likely stay late to discuss the schedule for the upcoming Education Mini-Summit at LinuxCon, which I have the honor to help organize. I’m also speaking at LinuxCon about desktop Linux and holding another Embedded BoF.

Yes, I love participating! Life is a contact sport, if you do it right.

Feel free to comment if you plan on attending any of these events, and you will win one (1) Jefro.net business card and a hearty handshake at the event in question. See you at the show!


Last year, Texas Instruments started providing a quarterly one-day online conference just for developers targeting TI’s equipment called ETech Days. These mini-conferences feature presentations from TI’s engineers as well as industry leaders, live TI representatives all day in the TI E2E community forums, and online live training sessions in several tracks. The summer ETech Days happens this week, and features short presentations from each of the six students participating in the BeagleBoard Google Summer of Code project, for which I am honored to be a mentor.

Did I mention that it is free as well? While it is true that value per dollar is undefined when the cost is zero (DIV/0!!) the value for ETech Days is definitely worth the time you will spend on it.

The remaining dates for this year are June 29 (yes, Tuesday!), September 29, and December 7. Be sure to mark your calendars and bookmark http://www.ti.com/ww/en/etechdays.


Hi folks,

This Friday is the last day to get presentation abstracts in for the ARM Technical Conference happening in November in Santa Clara, CA. This conference will feature over 60 sessions on everything from technical considerations to business decisions around using ARM products, and it will feature presentations from industry leaders all over the world. This is your chance to be one of those leaders!

Some technical folks I know decline to submit presentations for conferences out of shyness. Don’t let that stop you. If you have something important to share, public speaking can be a wonderful way to get your message out, and there are many resources to help with the speaking part.

Next Wednesday, June 30, is the last day for early-bird registration, so make sure to register now to save $300 – that’s your hotel bill or most of a plane ticket from anywhere in the country.

Hope to see you there!