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On Thursday, October 21, EETimes will present the Embedded Linux Virtual Conference. This free event contains many presentations on embedded Linux, including discussions on RTOS, system-on-chip, and the ongoing discussion of open-source vs. commercial. With representatives from MontaVista, Mentor Graphics, Wind River, and Altera, this conference promises to be an excellent event that you don’t even need to travel for. I also see that highly-experienced embedded Linux educator Mike Anderson from The PTR Group will be a panelist.

EETimes is responsible for the Embedded Systems Conference circuit, the largest embedded conferences in the world, so you can definitely say they know what they are doing.

You can register for the virtual conference up until next Thursday, plus you get 6-month access to the archive. If you read my blog, you definitely want to attend this event.

And by the way: miners, welcome back to the surface!

ESC Silicon Valley is possibly the largest embedded conference, drawing many thousands of embedded professionals each spring. The Call for Papers is now open through Friday, October 29th, 2010.

Still working on catching up regarding the Open Hardware Summit two weeks ago. There are many excellent reviews of the summit available. Take a look to for my recent writeup of one of the presentations at the summit, with more to come…

The latest super-secret word on the street is that the new BeagleBoard xM should start shipping tomorrow. That is, tomorrow shipping should commence from BBHQ to the distributors, who will then send it off to those who pre-ordered. Note that these are rolling out in phases, as some hardware is still tough to source. However, this is excellent news nonetheless.

Keep in mind also that you can get your very own xM by joining the Build Your Own Embedded System track at ESC Boston September 20 – 23. This track follows on the great success the team had at ESC Chicago. I wish I could attend – someone take pictures please!

Wired is partnered with YouRenew to try to recycle 40,000 devices in honor of earth day. Clean out your closet and help. (Note: I wrote an article last year on recycling old machines by loading them up with Linux, check it out.)

Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit keynotes are now available in video for those who missed them.

On the subject of conferences, I am off next week to attend the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose. I’ll be at TI’s Technology Day most of Tuesday and in the MontaVista booth (#2222) on and off, stop in and say howdy!