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LinuxCon 2010

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Boston Skyline
This month I had the pleasure of attending LinuxCon in Boston. The event was a great success and I managed to get some face-to-face time with old and new friends alike, including the new Ubuntu Release Manager, Kate Stewart and the new Ubuntu Technical Architect, Allison Randal among others. I attended many, many sessions and even managed to catch up with one or two people to talk business but the sessions that stood out for me were:

A Technical Look at Linux at Oracle – Wim Coekaerts

Wim is a great speaker and the topic was new to me so I listened intently. Unfortunately Oracle followed up by promptly suing Google.

Mobile Linux: Adapting Practices, Driving Innovation, Collaboration, and Scalability – Rob Chandhok

Rob outlined Qualcomms Open Source effort. They do a lot of good work with Linux and their latest announcement, that they would be making an effort to consolidate work done in the ARM eco-sphere, echo’s what Linaro is tasked at achieving. I’m sure there will be a lot of overlap and collaboration going forward.

Android/Linux Kernel: Lessons Learned – Matthew Garrett

Matthew spent his time describing the failed attempt to get Android’s power management solution, suspend blockers, into the mainline kernel. It was a heated discussion at times but did highlight some failings on both Google’s and the kernel communities sides.

Linux Kernel Panel – James Bottomley, Jon Corbet, Dave Jones, Chris Mason, Ted Ts’o

Kernel panels, or round-tables, seem to be a common practice at many conferences and this was no exception. A good bunch of speakers, lots of questions from the audience including one or two on the status of the ARM kernel.
Kernel Panel at LinuxCon

Open Source Software Adoption Patterns in Enterprise IT – Jeffrey Hammond

Jeffrey fired of statistics and facts about the studies his company have been doing with regards to Linux adoption. The facts proved interesting with a trend for an accelerated Linux adoption from the pool of people he surveyed.

MeeGo: Where Are We Now – Dawn Foster

Dawn gave a high-level introduction to MeeGo, the project bearing the fruits of the collaboration between Nokia and Intel. Nothing new was discussed but the level of interest in MeeGo was evident by the full room.

Doing What it Takes: Current Legal Issues in Defending FOSS – Eben Moglen

Listening to Eben speak is a pleasure in itself, let alone listening to him talk about a subject close to the heart of many open source developers. For someone to stand there for 30 mins, without slides or prompts, never fumble a word and capture the attention of everyone in the room, Eben must be commended.

Selling the Value of Open Source When Cost is Not the Driver – Ravi Simhambhatla

Virgin America wouldn’t be my obvious choice when selecting a company that really utilizes and ‘gets’ open source but Ravi’s explanation of how they use it, where they were before open source, and what they have planned for the future was captivating. Virgin America really are revolutionizing their internal IT departments by using Linux and they have even bigger plans for the future.

Overall a good event, looking forward to the next one.

Written by Jamie Bennett

August 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Launchpad, Work Item tracking, and Linaro Landing Teams

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Recently I was asked to give a couple of presentations. One is entitled “Launchpad and Work Item tracking” and is a short introduction to Launchpad and how we track work items, the other is “An overview of Landing Teams within Linaro” which introduces the Landing Team concept and offers insight into what a Landing Team for ARM could initially concentrate on. The slides from both presentations can be found on slideshare.net and are available in many formats on my Linaro wiki page.

Launchpad and Work Item tracking

An overview of Landing Teams within Linaro

Written by Jamie Bennett

August 7th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Linaro Alpha-3 Released

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Hot on the heals of the Ubuntu Alpha-3 announcement, please all welcome Linaro Alpha-3.


Well, it’s that time again, please all welcome Linaro Alpha 3 into the
world. This will be the final release before the beta version arrives
at the end of August and signals Linaro’s continued maturity towards
the final November image.

Highlights of this release include:

  • A small Linaro headless image with basic OMAP3 beagle board support
    (reported working on other architectures with minimal changes).
  • A new software archive rebuild with GCC 4.4.4, CodeSourcery
    enhancements and ARM-related improvements.
  • Support for opengl ES development through MESA.
  • GPS support via gypsy and geoclue.
  • Netbook user interface capabilities with the latest EFL software

More Information on this development release as well as download and
installation instructions can be found at:


More information on Linaro in general and the 10.11 plans can be found

  • Homepage: http://www.linaro.org
  • Wiki: http://wiki.linaro.org
  • 10.11: http://wiki.linaro.org/Releases/1011

Also subscribe to the important Linaro mailing lists and join our IRC
channels to stay on top of Linaro developments:

  • Announcements: http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-announce
  • Development: http://lists.linaro.org/mailman/listinfo/linaro-dev
  • IRC: #linaro on irc.freenode.net

For any errata issues please see:


Bug reports for this release should be filed in Launchpad against the
individual packages that are affected, if a suitable package cannot be
identified, please feel free to assign them to:



Linaro Release Manager

The original announcement can be found here.

Written by Jamie Bennett

August 6th, 2010 at 11:12 am