Derek will help us take a look at an embedded Linux environment found in popular single board computers (SBCs) like the BeagleBoard, Gumstix, Technologic Systems, and others. After a show and tell of several Technologic Systems' SBCs, he'll begin diving into the pieces of the boot medium, like the kernel, initrd, and filesystem, and how they are connected. Finally, he'll demonstrate how to use a cross-toolchain to compile a Linux kernel for use on the SBC. If everyone is having fun and time allows, Derek will also show us how to compile Busybox, the swiss army knife of embedded Linux.
Optional, recommended complimentary reading:
"Embedded Linux Primer: A Practical Real-World Approach" by Christopher Hallinan.
Gary Bummer will be giving a presentation about his new servers which are commodity blade systems (4 full-blown systems in a 2U rack mount case) from Silicon Mechanics. The group will be meeting at the usual place (EPS 259) at the usual time (7PM) but after everyone has arrived we will walk across campus to where Gary has the servers. Since the Fall semester has started there won't be any problems with the doors being locked.
One Laptop Per Child volunteer project - The Big Sky Science Partnership has ten OLPC laptops (a mix of XO-1.0 and XO-1.5 models) that need to be upgraded to the latest firmware and OS. We may also be adding some additional Sugar activities.
Those who attend will be given instructions on how to do the OLPC software upgrades and perform them. The process should take 5 to 10 minutes per laptop. This is an excellent opportunity to get some hands on with the OLPC.
Topic: Overview of the Virtual Bridges VERDE VDI solution that is based on Linux and KVM by Scott Dowdle.
Topic: One Laptop Per Child Update
Caryl Bigenho has loaned us an OLPC XO-1.5 unit. What we have in our OLPC Lending Library are XO-1 laptops. The new XO-1.5 looks the same on the outside but is completely different inside. The XO-1.5 has also had a major software upgrade with a number of new capabilities.
Come to the meeting and see the XO-1.5 in action.
There are currently two XO-1 units available for loan if anyone is interested.
Topics of discussion include:
- Fedora 13 release
- MontanaLinux F13 remix
- Virtual Bridges VERDE
Location: MSU-Bozeman EPS Building Room 259
Please notice that this meeting has been moved up a week (rather than the last Thursday of April) to line up with the LinuxFest Northwest trip.
Chris Ching will be giving a presentation on KDE 4.4.0 which was available shortly after release for ArchLinux.
Also a topic is general discussion of desktop environments available for Linux... what you like and don't like. Anyone want to represent GNOME, XFCE, or any other desktop?