Buildroot:DeveloperDaysELCE2014

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Buildroot Developers Meeting, 11-12 October 2014, Düsseldorf, Germany

What is Buildroot ?

Buildroot is a set of Makefiles and patches that makes it easy to generate a complete embedded Linux system. Buildroot can generate any or all of a cross-compilation toolchain, a root filesystem, a kernel image and a bootloader image. Buildroot is useful mainly for people working with small or embedded systems, using various CPU architectures (x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.): it automates the building process of your embedded system and eases the cross-compilation process.

Location and date

The Buildroot community is organizing a meeting on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October 2014 in Düsseldorf, for Buildroot developers and contributors. This meeting is a mixture of discussion and hacking session around the Buildroot project. This meeting takes place right before the Embedded Linux Conference Europe and many other conferences in Düsseldorf, in order to make it easy for participants to attend both events.

The specific location remains to be defined.

The meeting will take place from 9:30 AM to 6 PM on both days, and a dinner will be planned on Saturday evening.

Sponsors

We are looking for sponsors to help us organize this event. The budget is typically in the 250 EUR-500 EUR range to cover the cost of the meeting room and optionally the Saturday dinner for the participants.

Participants

Format

At the last developer days at Fosdem 2014, we did more hacking than usual, and this was considered a good improvement by most attendees. Even though discussion is really important too, we should take care not to over-discuss and engage in lengthy-but-not-really-efficient discussions.

A possible format to handle this is to have hacking going on from the start already, and let any discussion take place at the same time. Attendees interested in the discussion can join in, and others can continue hacking.

A variant of this is to have interleaving of a discussion and hacking session, but time-boxing is likely needed.

Topics to discuss

  • Look-back to action points from previous developer days at Fosdem 2014: is everything that was decided done? What remains?
  • Patch naming: current convention is package-number-description.patch, but a proposal was made on the list to simplify this to number-description.patch. Go or no-go?
  • Since Luca will be present: state of legal-info infrastructure, improvements to be made?