2007 San Francisco LinuxWorld Expo

August 10, 2007

I just returned from the 2007 LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco.  This was my first LWE, and I had a great time.  I was out there on behalf of LinuxQuestions.org, the Linux community site I am a moderator on.  Though more business- than community-oriented, it’s still a great event to get to know others in the Linux community and marketplace as well as keep up on the latest technology (how anyone keeps up on it ALL is beyond me).

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Details on Dell’s Linux Rollout

May 21, 2007

I missed this the other day, but Jeremy over at LinuxQuestions has details on the Dell Linux rollout.  Nothing too surprising, fairly basic machines with well supported hardware.  No proprietary media formats, so it seems like a fairly stock Ubuntu install.  No Linux prices yet.

The top-end machine that will be in the initial offering is the XPS 410, which is $899+ with Windows on it.   On the value end is the E520, starting at $369 (Windows price). It looks like the E1505 Notebook will also be offered, which is a fairly basic laptop at $699 (Windows price again).

3 Things in Linux you should NOT Install

May 21, 2007

While I’m all for promoting the use of Linux and software on Linux, unless you absolutely know what you’re doing, there are certain things you should not install. Entirely too often, I see people on LinuxQuestions.org asking how to configure one of these or why they will not work. So, in no particular order, 3 Things you should NOT Install: Read the rest of this entry »

“Embedded Linux Primer”: A Review

May 20, 2007

A review originally published on LinuxQuestions.org:

“Embedded Linux Primer” by Christopher Hallinan is an excellent resource for anyone looking to use Linux in an embedded system.  It does not cover basics, so is more targeted to experienced Linux or embedded systems developers looking to move to Linux embedded systems.

The book covers a variety of topics including the Linux kernel’s interaction with hardware, system initialization, design considerations when working with an embedded system, and porting Linux.  The book provides a detailed description of most of these topics, including many step-by-step directions on reference implementations.

The book does not provide command-by-command howtos for many of the steps involved, but the details should be obvious to anyone familiar with basic kernel building and software development.

The book also briefly discusses the new hard real-time support for the Linux kernel, including hardware-specific implementation issues.  It also provides all code samples in the book under the GPL license, though it does not provide a CD.

All in all, I would strongly recommend this book for anyone looking to develop an Embedded Linux System or for anyone curious about the inner workings of the Linux kernel on embedded systems.

Why LinuxQuestions.org?

May 12, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, things have been crazy.

I wanted to take a moment to explain why I have been a member of LinuxQuestions.org for several years, and a moderator for about a year, and also what it’s all about. Read the rest of this entry »

Linux Conference Discounts

May 2, 2007

As many may know, I’m a moderator over at LinuxQuestions.org.  We sponsor several conferences, and as a result are able to offer exclusive discounts.