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Mobile World Congress has just concluded and among the many great announcements and new products was an underlying message promoting increased security on our mobile devices. Clearly our devices are holding more and more personal data, some of which you would never want to share with unscrupulous malware or rogue applications. TrustZone was heavily talked about at the show and among the demonstrations two of my colleagues were demoing hardware-backed trusted payments using TrustZone. Take a look:
Minsheng Lu, Product Manager, Secure Services Division
Robert Brown, Director of Marketing, Secure Services Division
A couple of videos from the ARM Techcon event in Santa Clara this week.
George Grey, Linaro CEO
Jesse Barker, Linaro Graphics Working Group lead
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.
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.
On the 15th and 16th of October 2009 around 200 people gathered together in the beautiful south-easten French city of Grenoble, situated at the foot of the French Alps, to talk about embedded Linux. Although there were many talks over the two days the underlying theme of the conference seemed to be boot-time reduction and android.
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