[oshug] OSHCamp 2016, 3rd & 4th September.

belen barros pena belenbarrospena at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 11:23:22 UTC 2016

Hi Andrew,

I've been meaning to submit a talk proposal for OSHCamp for two years now,
so I better do it quick before I forget again :)

I am an interaction designer who works for OpenEmbedded, the embedded Linux
build system (openembedded.org). This is probably a weird sentence, but in
a good way. Over the past 4 years OpenEmbedded has put a lot of effort into
improving the ease of use of their tools by bringing in user-centered
design approaches.

The result of those efforts is something called Toaster, a web interface to
the OpenEmbedded build system that makes remarkably easy to produce custom
Linux distributions for your favourite boards. Well, as "remarkably easy"
as something like this can be ;)

The idea would be demoing Toaster, showing how to compile your own Linux
distribution from source with it, and using the activity to introduce the
core concepts of OpenEmbedded. I will hopefully also debunk some myths
about the build system in the process. OpenEmbedded is "infamous" for being
terribly slow and fiendishly complicated. Some of the things I will show in
this talk might somehow contribute towards changing that perception.

I am happy to submit this again once the call for proposals opens
officially, but I thought I'd give you a heads up to see if you think the
talk might fit in OSHCamp.

Many thanks,


On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM, Andrew Back <arback at computer.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Just a heads up that this year Open Source Hardware Camp will be
> taking place over the weekend of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th
> September, returning to the Birchliffe Centre where we hosted OSHCamp
> back in 2012.
> Since we were last there the Birchcliffe has been subject to extensive
> renovation, but still retains most of the pretty cool features of an
> old Methodist Chapel. The main differences being that it's been
> smartened up somewhat, is in a much better state of repair and has
> more effective heating etc.
> Those who came along in 2012 may recall that there is a hostel
> adjoined to the Birchcliffe, with both shared dorms and private rooms.
> If you're thinking of coming along this year and would like to stay
> there, it's advisable to book early as rooms tend to go fast.
>   http://www.hebdenbridgehostel.co.uk/
> The plan is once again to have up to 12-13 talks on the Saturday and
> 6-8 workshops on the Sunday. A call for participation will go out in
> Feb or early March, but suggestions and offers for talks and workshops
> are very much welcome before then!
> Other events running as part of Wuthering Bytes which may be of interest:
> - Wuthering Bytes Festival Day, Fri 2nd Sept at the Town Hall
> As with previous years, talks on a diverse selection of technical
> topics, looking to the past and the future, with unique insights and
> personal journeys etc.
> - Open for Business, Mon 5th Sept at the Town Hall
> This event organised by the BCS OSSG and Open Source Consortium ran
> for the first time in 2015. For details see:
>   http://wutheringbytes.com/days/openforbusiness/schedule.html
>   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOGTP9W1DX5U9za_jJzqpipcX02-K7jp1
> - GNU Tools Cauldron, Fri 9th - Sun 11th Sept at the Town Hall
> One really for GCC and GDB etc. hackers (and certainly not the faint
> hearted!) For details see:
>   https://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/cauldron2016
> Cheers,
> Andrew
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