Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Whirlpools, Maelstroms, and Maytags with Android's Sticks and Chips

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building E-51, Room 315
Brian DeLacey - CryptographicHistory gmail com
Kurt Keville , Thaumaturgical Engineer , MIT Clinical Research Center - kkeville alum mit edu


Navigating the turbulent headwaters of embedded rapids with real, working products


We'll trace the rapid evolution of low-cost, small, fast, energy efficient devices capable of running Linux. We'll show new Android devices running as miniTVs, miniPCs and tablets. We'll talk about the promise of "Instant-on" boot times, 2 watt power profiles, and supply-response middleware that makes your box unbrickable. Kurt will share slides showing the embedded revolution as "Moore's Law on Steroids". Kurt's theory, practice and empirical study segment will close with one startling prediction: the world leader in compute energy-efficiency (Green500) will also be the leader in raw compute performance (TOP500) next year. Brian will run with some real systems. Bring your own devices! Demonstrations may include tricking, bricking and short-circuiting NAND. We'll show devices with the Rockchip RK3066 including Rikomagic's MK802IIIS 8GB Bluetooth with MK702II wireless Keyboard, the Measy U2C miniPC with camera, and the UG008 miniPC TV device with ethernet and WiFi. We'll also show the Allwinner A10 - on the PengStick and PengPod tablet. We'll close with an x86/ARM cross-compile of Linux and discuss building the ideal Linux powered miniStick. Door prizes include O'Reilly's new book "Embedded Android: Porting, Extending, and Customizing" as well as a Rikomagic miniPC!


  1. UG008 dual-core Android mini PC with Ethernet, WiFI
  2. Linux in the Living Room

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