Last week I attended CISL. The event was good, several people came to our stand to talk about Fedora and ARM (I brought a HummingBoard and a Raspberry Pi).
I had the pleasure of meeting with Jon “maddog” Hall, director of Linux International. We took a picture together and then he told me about the community effort of translating assembler code into C or ASM compatible with ARMv8+ (aarch64).
Two candidates to the ambssadors team also came to talk and learn more about FOSS events.
Last month I was gratefully surprised by an email from Germany. Someone had seen my blog (yay!) and was interested in sending me a Cubox-i or a HummingBoard for free (double yay!).
It was hard to make the call, but I decided to request a HummingBoard, mainly because of the GPIO socket (General Purpose Input-Output). GPIO allows you to connect different electronic components to play with them and do robots and other cool things.
After several months and several hours doing paperwork in Customs, I finally got it. Compared with the Raspberry Pi, the HummingBoard has more RAM (1GB versus 512MB), and more CPU (2 cores versus 1) and it also includes a SPDIF audio output.
Very grateful with the new toy I already could run Fedora on it. In order to do that, I had to download an image from this GitHub repo. There are also instructions to build the image from scratch and I am going to try that later.
A few days ago, Peter Robinsion mentioned on his blog that the HummingBoard will be one of the primary devices for Fedora ARM on Fedora 21. This basically means, that there will be a lot of testing on this device and I will be part of it for sure.
Fedora has supported the architecture of the HummingBoard (armhfp), for several releases. All the Fedora repositories and some third party ones like RPMFusion have a lot of software that can be easily installed on this device. That is something I noticed that unfortunately is missing on the Raspberry Pi with Pidora.
These are some of the pics I took of the HummingBoard:
Yesterday, April 26th, we attended the FLISOL 2014. I am proud to say that Fedora rocked this year!
For the first time, we had our own stand and a lot of people came to discuss and install Fedora.
This year we were able to make more Marketing work (banner,DVDs,shirts) and that showed a very good presence in the event.
I also want to thank two great Fedora contributors (ezq and valentin) who came from their provinces to contribute to this event.
On Saturday April 26th from 10 to 18 we will be attending the FLISOL 2014 in UTN Medrano.
This year we will be hosting the following talks:
– Fedora and the community around it
– Playing with Pidora
Moreover, for the very first time on this event, we will have a special stand where we will be helping people to install Fedora.
If you are near Buenos Aires, don’t miss this chance!