The autumn conference highlight is the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELC-E), which takes place in Prague this year. The Pengutronix team will be present with four talks and two demo points / showcases, presenting current open source projects (RAUC, labgrid, etnaviv).
As in many projects, also in RAUC phases of extensive development did often not leave sufficient time to explain the latest changes, new features or at least some basic concepts in an appropriate manner.
Not at least since the Yocto project cannot be thought away from the embedded world, Pengutronix successfully also uses OpenEmbedded next to PTXdist as a distribution build tool in various projects for several years.
If you are following the Linux graphics development it should be no news to you that MESA 17.2 and Weston 3.0 have been released in the last weeks. While those carry the usual improvements and bugfixes for a lot of graphics hardware, they are a pretty important milestone for the Etnaviv project: we finally have fully working Wayland support!
While the technical side of building embedded Linux systems is mostly solved, running such systems connected to the internet over a long time has its own challenges. At the Embedded Recipes Conference in Paris, Marc Kleine-Budde will talk about establishing a sustinable workflow for this usecase tomorrow (2017-09-26).
While the development on an embedded system I need to reboot it quite often. Doing so I appreciate to keep the required steps as less as possible and be sure the embedded system uses the recently changed data in a consistent manner.
Simplify and beautify your developer's life. An example.
In the last talk before lunch, my colleague Enrico Jörns talked about the RAUC (Robust Auto Update Controller) framework.
At Pengutronix, one of the most important tasks in our industrial linux projects is testing of embedded systems. While testing is easy on the component level (there are many unit test frameworks around), it is increasingly difficult on system level. Tests do not only run code and compare results, they need to bring the device-under-test into different states (i.e. "bootloader", "linux console", "power off"). If you have many embedded Linux devices, remote-controlling power, serial consoles, network, switches, reset lines, SD cards in scalable, automatic labs is also on the wishlist.