LinuxCon Europe Wrap Up

We sent a handful of representatives to LinuxCon EU in Dublin, Ireland this week, and we found quite a lot of value in doing so. Between attending sessions, networking with other experts in the open source industry over Guinness and Irish Whiskey, and meeting people at our booth there was quite a lot for us to do.

Buzzwords Abound

Its a given that any technical conference will feature a few topics that the industry is focusing on at the time. For some time now, IoT has been perhaps the biggest topic in open source technology and Linux. This conference was no exception with numerous keynotes and sessions that covered IoT platforms including IoTivity, OpenWRT, and more. This topic is only picking up steam and is driven by a serious demand for consumer IoT devices. Additionally, containers continue to be a major area of interest, especially when it comes to cloud services and container management.

The topic that seems to be most on the rise is open source drones, which is largely powered by the launch of Dronecode earlier this year. This is a market that is so far largely untapped and has quite a lot of potential, so it would be worthwhile to keep an eye on it in the coming months.

The Samsung Booth

The technical demonstrations we ran at our booth in the expo hall had quite a lot of success and attracted a lot of individuals who wanted to learn more. For Tizen on the Raspberry Pi, we had a motion tracking IP camera that showed off some of the capabilities of GStreamer and Wayland (more on this in a future blog post) and we met many other developers who were interested in our work. It was great to meet so many other people working with the same technologies as us and we learned a lot from the discussions we had.

Our second demo was a game of Tetris that showed off our relatively new, open source IoT framework called IoT.JS; we had two separate devices running the demo in order to compare performance and resource usage. The first was a Raspberry Pi 2 that had Linux running Node.JS, and the second was a STM32F4 microcrontroller than ran Nuttx, JerryScript, and IoT.JS. Both devices ran the same application, but the STM32F4 did so with far less resources considering it only had 192 KB of RAM and 1,024 KB of flash storage available.

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Looking Ahead

Our international conference tour isn’t quite over, with the Korea Linux Forum and SOSCON right around the corner in Seoul. We always enjoy attending these events and we look forward to seeing some familiar faces in Korea!

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben is an open source technologist experienced in a wide array of modern IT tools. He's done a bit of everything, from web development, to systems administration, web publishing, and beyond.