I am older again

Yesterday was my birthday. I would not write about it but something happened…

It was just kind of normal day. I went to the city centre to gain some AP in Ingress, met with courier to pick up my new power bank (10000mAh Anker), played again and then got back home to prepare for evening meeting.

It had to be just yet another beer meeting with some geek discussions as we had some changes in local Unix/Linux user group. But then (after 3rd bottle of beer) waitress brought us something:

Birthday cake

The team started signing etc. I was surprised as I did not expected anything like this. And it was delicious! Kudos to Kruszynka for making it.

Booted mainline kernel on Chromebook

Olof Johannson wrote on Google+ how to get mainline kernel booting on Samsung ARM Chromebook. As mine returned from repair with new speakers and bottom cover I decided to take a look.

With chainloaded U-Boot and just standard “exynos_defconfig” build of 3.11-rc2 I got my machine booting to Ubuntu right away:

00:06 hrw@krolik:~$ cat /proc/device-tree/model ;echo
Google Snow
00:06 hrw@krolik:~$ uname -snrp
Linux krolik 3.11.0-rc2 armv7l

There are some things missing (audio, usb 3.0, backlight and more) but even with what is available we can boot and use Chromebook with mainline kernel instead of ChromeOS one.

I will revert to 3.4-chromeos for now and try 3.8-chromeos one but that’s because I use Chromebook as developer machine for some builds where storage speed matters.

I have a new time waster: Ingress

Months ago a new game started: Ingress. There is a story behind it but not that I care about it.

In short: there are two teams: green (Enlightenment) and blue (Resistance) trying to take over the world by “hacking portals”. Sure, someone could say that there are many MMORPG games on a market already and they would be right. But there are few things which made me play Ingress.

  1. To play you have to get your ass moved as game takes place in so-called “real world”. You know — streets with people, cars etc.
  2. Gives possibility to learn many more or less interesting places around.
  3. Another opportunity to meet other people and have something common to talk about.

For me it started 4 weeks ago when I had three spare hours during Sunday evening. Joined the Enlightenment and hacked some portals in Warsaw, made few links and ended with a bit above 10k AP which gave me 2nd level. Next evening (in Szczecin) I met some local players and they helped me to get to 3rd one.

Then time went… I convinced a friend to play and helped him to do L3 in one evening 😀 And during last weekend I was in Warsaw again and made 7th level (with help from local people who told me where to go to get some AP in quick and easy way).

But what I like most is a need to grab a bike (or take a walk) and go to city centre to spend some time in active way 😉

Remote Linaro Connect

As I left Linaro I am not at Linaro Connect in Dublin, Ireland. But decided to access at least keynotes (which were always interesting) and probably also some sessions.

George Grey introduction speech was fine. Number, standard Linaro information (what it is, how many people etc). Worth watching if you want some updates but may be skipped.

Then James Bottomley from Parallels spoke about server side of computing. Unix, Windows NT, Linux, Itanium, AMD64/x86-64, Atom, 64-bit ARM are good keywords for his presentation. I liked few things:

  • Itanium iceberg description (why IA64 was disaster without IA32 compatibility)
  • Atom contra ARM “power fight” (hard to tell which one will be better for servers when it comes to energy use)
  • mentioning of Blackadder (I know what it is but never watched more then one episode)

There were some issues with bandwidth so there are few moments in video where audio/video stops and you get group photo from previous Linaro Connect instead. But this is “normal” on first day and I hope that will get fixed by network team.

There are few sessions today which I plan to take a look. ARMv8 Status one and the one about Linux scheduler.

On my own again

After 3 years at Linaro I have decided to not continue my trip with Canonical. So now I am back to be on my own again.

I will not write why I made such decision but also want to mention that time at Canonical/Linaro was good. I learnt some new tools and added some of them to “avoid if possible” list. From products created and developed at Canonical there are Bazaar and Unity. Both have replacements which I like more.

What next? Will see — I had some meetings and discussions. But I am open for job offers of course 😉 It can be Debian or OpenEmbedded or Ubuntu or other ARM Linux related as long I do not have to move.