Boston Linux Meeting Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - Hacking Embedded Linux: More Hardware than You Require

Jerry Feldman gaf at
Wed May 9 09:48:57 EDT 2012

When: May 16, 2012 7PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Hacking Embedded Linux: More Hardware than You Require
Moderators: Federico Lucifredi
Location: MIT Building E51, Room 335

	Federico Lucifredi shares his OSCON 2012 presentation

        Ranging from Plug Computers to bare development boards to
miniaturized systems and rooted hard drives, the bestiary ofARM devices
at our disposal for projects is ever-growing and marvelous to explore.
We equip the attendees with all the necessary knowledge to integrate a
small computer system for the embedded field application of their choosing.

    A detailed review of the features, capabilities, and limits of a
number of low-cost platforms available to experimenters, in disparate
form factors and powered by different chip vendors:

    Sheeva Plug, Guru Plug, Dreamplug (Marvell) BeagleBoard, BeagleBoard
xM, Pandaboard, and BeagleBone (Texas Instruments) i.mx53 Quickstart
(Freescale) Gumstix boards Raspberry Pi Cotton Candy Computer Hacked
Hard Drives ...and more.

    From home automation to media servers, the low power consumption and
affordable cost of these devices make them an ideal target of our
tinkering, as well as an ideal opportunity to teach oneself new skills
in the embedded Linux space.

About Federico Lucifredi

    Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary
documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a graduate of Boston College
and Harvard University, and the Ubuntu Advantage Product Manager at
Canonical. As a software engineer-turned-manager at the Novell
corporation, Federico was part of the SUSE Linux team for five years,
overseeing the update stack of a 150 million dollar maintenance
business. Previously, Federico has been a CIO and a network software
architect at technology and embedded Linux startups, and he has spent
two years teaching in Boston University's graduate and undergraduate
programs, while simultaneously consulting for MIT. He is a frequent
speaker at user group and conference events, notably the Linux
Foundation's LinuxCon, LinuxWorld, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention,
and the IMPlanet conferences, where he was a panelist representing the
Jabber community. Federico is a recognized expert in computing
performance issues, and consults pro-bono with Standard and Poor's
clients interested in Free/Open Source Software technical and strategic
issues. He participated in the GPL v3 drafting process in the
large-corporation panel.

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
Boston Linux and Unix
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