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Embedded Linux Conference Europe features Torvalds, free LinuxCon Europe pass

Oct 6, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

The Linux Foundation and CE Linux Forum announced a schedule for the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE), set to take place Oct. 26-28 in Prague. Co-located with LinuxCon Europe, ELCE 2011 offers 50 presentations on Linux and Android — including projects such as Genivi, Yocto, Linaro, and possibly Tizen — plus speakers ranging from Linus Torvalds to Intel's Dirk Hohndel.

This year's Embedded Linux Conference Europe conference is the second ELCE event since the CE Linux Forum (CELF) forum merged into the Linux Foundation (LF) as a working group in Oct. 2010. (The first post-LF event occurred the same week the merger was announced last October in Cambridge, U.K.)  CELF also sponsors the U.S. ELC show, which this year was held in April in San Francisco.

Merging with the LF brings some benefits to CELF's conference attendees, in that ELC/ELCE registrations also provide free passes to co-located LF conferences. In Prague, for example, ELCE attendees can also attend the world debut of LinuxCon Europe, which will be held at the same venue during the same three-day Oct. 26-28 period. A GStreamer conference is also co-located with the events.

ELCE will start off Oct. 26 with an address from LF Executive Director Jim Zemlin, who will "imagine a world without Linux." This will be followed by a Kernel Developer Panel that features a star-studded cast including Linux creator Linus Torvalds (pictured at right), real-time Linux pioneer Thomas Gleixner, Intel's Alan Cox, and IBM's Paul McKenney.

The Oct. 27 keynotes, meanwhile, include Ixonos President of Global Solutions Antti Aumo discussing the "Cloud Phone," which may or may not refer to his company's announced support for the HTML5-focused Tizen spin-off of MeeGo and LiMo. Aumo's address will be followed by Intel Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist Dirk Hondel (pictured at left) offering a "Reflection on 20 years of Linux." Perhaps Dirk, too, can help the somewhat skeptical Linux community understand how Tizen will do any better than MeeGo and LiMo.

After lunch on day two, Matt Jones (pictured at right), vice president of the Genivi Alliance open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) standards group and technical lead for the Genivi-based IVI system for the Jaguar Land Rover, will speak on "Linux for in-car infotainment." Finally, Friday morning kicks off with Editor Jon Corbet giving his usual Kernel Report.

The regular sessions offer a whole host of goodies for embedded Linux developers. The full list is available from the link at the bottom of the page, but a few day-one highlights include Zach Pfeffer of Linaro discussing Linaro's Android platform, Intel's Jessica Zhang on the Yocto Project's Eclipse plug-in, and Sony Ericsson's Vitaly Wool on Wi-Fi power-saving techniques.

In addition, Rajesh Lal, a Senior R&D Engineer at Nokia, will speak on using Qt Quick. Lal may possibly be asked about his company's rumored, Qt-based Meltemi Linux operating system. 

Day two highlights include Secret Lab's Grant Likely giving a device tree status report, as well as ARM's Lorenzo Pieralisi speaking on Linux power management on multiprocessor systems. Texas Instruments' David Anders and Luca Coelho will offer three different workshops on the PandaBoard open-platform development board (pictured at right), which is based on TI's Cortex-A9-based, dual-core, 1GHz OMAP4430 system-on-chip (SoC).

Day three presentations include MontaVista's Lisko Lappalainen on secure virtualization in automotive systems. In addition, the Angstrom project's Koen Kooi will discuss — and perhaps demonstrate? — using SystemD to boot userspace in less than one second. Finally, Sony's Frank Rowand will explain how Linux' real-time PREEMPT_RT patch works. 

The conference will be preceded on Oct. 25 with a choice of two full-day workshops. The first is a generic "Embedded Android workshop," and the second is "Outside the box: an introduction to embedded Linux and hardware interfacing using the Snowball board." The latter takes a hands-on look at working with Calao Systems' open-platform Snowball development board (pictured at left), which showcases ST-Ericsson's dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A9 "Nova A9500" SoC and Linaro's Linux board support package.

Further information

The Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) will be held October 26-28, Clarion Congress Hotel, in Prague, Czech Republic. Combined registration for ELCE and the collocated LinuxCon Europe, costs $550, with discounts available for students and "hobbyists."

Registration specifics may be found on this ELCE Europe registration page. More general information and session details may be found on the ELCE Europe site.

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