Here I am, starting off my blog with a post on a seminar which I had attended on 20th Sept,at the CEDT Department, IISc Bangalore. It was an Embedded Linux Training Session for students conducted by Texas Instruments Pvt. Ltd (India) featuring their latest gadget Beagleboard.
Registration had started at around 9.30-9.45 and there was an introductory speech by Mr. Khasim Syed Mohammed. Some beagleboard.org volunteers gave a short ‘Basic GNU Linux concepts’ class for a part of the audience who were absolutely new to this environment( commands like ls, cd, etc). But a thing which is still vibrating in my mind is that one among the guys who gave us this short intro was repeatedly saying ‘laa-yi-nux’ for ‘li-nux’ … (hmm…well..which is true ? and better ?)
A tea break followed 🙂
Beagle Board is an Ultra-low cost high performance, Low power OMAP3 based platform form Beagleboard.org. It is basically intended for students ,hobbyists and desktop developers looking to get into low-power, small-form-factor applications. It has the electronic industry’s highest performance ARM 600MHz Cortex-A8 processor with graphics and video accelerators. And a surprising thing about it is that its just a 3″-3″ USB powered board. Cool ain’t ?
The session which followed gave us an overview about the software components of it. It was primarily a Hands ON session with the kernels and drivers , bootloaders and compilation steps involved.
Now to make the board working, first they cross-compiled the u-boot and x-loader bootloaders. Then linux kernel and the required drivers were compiled and file system was written. Now this is just an outline. Do read this if you want to know more:
They connected basic I/O devices and played a movie ( King Kong 🙂 ) on that board for us
All the tools and softwares used were Open Source Software. Its really an amazing piece of electronic marvel. Do visit http://beagleboard.org/
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