Two weeks ago, the entire Bootlin engineering team (9 persons) attended the Embedded Linux Conference in San Diego. We had some really good time there, with lots of interesting talks and useful meetings and discussions.
In addition to attending the event, we also participated by giving 5 different talks on various topics, for which we are publishing the slides:
Boris Brezillon, the new NAND Linux subsystem maintainer, presented on Modernizing the NAND framework: The big picture.
Antoine Ténart presented on Using DT overlays to support the C.H.I.P’s capes.
Maxime Ripard, maintainer of the Allwinner platform support in Linux, presented on Bringing display and 3D to the C.H.I.P computer.
Alexandre Belloni and Thomas Petazzoni presented Buildroot vs. OpenEmbedded/Yocto Project: a four hands discussion.
Thomas Petazzoni presented GNU Autotools: a tutorial.
All the other slides from the conference are available from the event page as well as from eLinux.org Wiki. All conferences have been recorded, and the videos will hopefully be posted soon by the Linux Foundation.
As we announced in a previous blog post, Bootlin CTO Thomas Petazzoni gave a talk at the Collaboration Summit 2016 covering the topic of “Upstreaming hardware support in the Linux kernel: why and how?“.
The slides of the talk are now available in PDF format.
Through this talk, we identified a number of major reasons that should encourage hardware vendors to contribute the support for their hardware to the upstream Linux kernel, and some hints on how to achieve that. Of course, within a 25 minutes time slot, it was not possible to get into the details, but hopefully the general hints we have shared, based on our significant Linux kernel upstreaming experience, have been useful for the audience.
Unfortunately, none of the talks at the Collaboration Summit were recorded, so no video will be available for this talk.
In December 2015, Bootlin engineer Alexandre Belloni gave a half-day seminar “Porting Linux on ARM” in Toulouse (France) in partnership with french organization Captronic. We published the materials used for the seminar shortly after the event.
We are happy to announce that this seminar will be given in four different cities in France over the next few months:
- In Montpellier, on April 14th from 2 PM to 6 PM. See this page for details.
- In Clermont-Ferrand, on April 27th from 2 PM to 6 PM. See this page for details.
- In Brive, on April 28th from 9 AM to 1 PM. See this page for details.
- Near Chambéry, on May 25th from 9:30 AM to 5/30 PM. See this page for details.
- Near Bordeaux, on June 2nd from 2 PM to 6 PM. See this page for details.
- Near Nancy, on June 16th from 2 PM to 6 PM. See this page for details.
The seminar is delivered in French, and the event is free after registration. The speaker, Alexandre Belloni, has worked on porting botloaders and the Linux kernel on a number of ARM platforms (Atmel, Freescale, Texas Instruments and more) and is the Linux kernel co-maintainer for the RTC subsystem and the support of the Atmel ARM processors.
Like every year for about 10 years, the entire Bootlin engineering team will participate to the next Embedded Linux Conference, taking place on April 4-6 in San Diego, California. For us, participating to such conferences is very important, as it allows to remain up to date with the latest developments in the embedded Linux world, create contacts with other members of the embedded Linux community, and meet the community members we already know and work with on a daily basis via the mailing lists or IRC.
Over the years, our engineering team has grown, and with the arrival of two more engineers on March 14, our engineering team now gathers 9 persons, all of whom are going to participate to the Embedded Linux Conference.
As usual, in addition to attending, we also proposed a number of talks, and some of them have been accepted and are visible in the conference schedule:
As usual, our talks are centered around our areas of expertise: hardware support in the Linux kernel, especially for ARM platforms, and build system related topics (Buildroot, Yocto, autotools).
We are looking forward to attending this event, and see many other talks from various speakers: the proposed schedule contains a wide range of topics, many of which look really interesting!
Bootlin engineers are regular speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference and Embedded Linux Conference Europe events from the Linux Foundation, to which our entire engineering team participates each year.
In 2016, for the first time, we will also be speaking at the Collaboration Summit, an invitation-only event where, as the Linux Foundation presents it, “the world’s thought leaders in open source software and collaborative development convene to share best practices and learn how to manage the largest shared technology investments of our time”.
This event will take place on March 29-31 in Lake Tahoe, California, and the event schedule has been published recently. Bootlin CTO Thomas Petazzoni will be giving a talk Upstreaming hardware support in the Linux kernel: why and how?, during which we will share our experience working with HW manufacturers to bring the support for their hardware to the upstream Linux kernel, discuss the benefits of upstreaming, and best practices to work with upstream.
With a small team of engineers, Bootlin has merged over the last few years thousands of patches in the official Linux kernel, and has several of its engineers having maintainer positions in the Linux kernel community. We are happy to take the opportunity of the Collaboration Summit to share some of our experience, and hopefully encourage and help other companies to participate upstream.