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|Speaker Name||Harald Welte|
|Organization||VIA / gpl-violations.org / hmw-consulting.de|
|Slides||Click to download|
Keynote: How to do embedded Linux right
|Abstract||Looking at actual market figures, Embedded Linux is more popular than ever. Isn't that good news? If you look closer at the actual Embedded Linux based products, 99.9% of them do not benefit from the inherent strengths of FOSS such as increased system stability and security.
Rather to the opposite, most Embedded Linux based products are based on ages-old kernels, are patched in horrible and broken ways, and use proprietary drivers that never went through the public review of the FOSS community.
Thus, the conclusion: Embedded Linux is not used because it is FOSS. It is still just used to cut down licensing costs. Nobody has really understood how to build upon the strengths of FOSS...
|Speaker Profile||Harald Welte is a freelancer, consultant, enthusiast, freedom fighter and hcaker who is working with Free Software (and particularly the Linux kernel) since 1995. His first major code contribution to the kernel was within the netfilter/iptables packet filter. He has started a number of other Free Software and Free Hardware projects, mainly related to RFID such as librfid, OpenMRTD, OpenBeacon, OpenPCD, OpenPICC. During 2006 and 2007 Harald became the co-founder of OpenMoko, where he served as Lead System Architect for the worlds first 100% Open Free Software based mobile phone. Aside from his technical contributions, Harald has been pioneering the legal enforcement of the GNU GPL license as part of his gpl-violations.org project. More than 150 inappropriate use of GPL licensed code by commercial companiess have been resolved as part of this effort, both in court and out of court. He has received the 2007 "FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software" and the "2008 Google/O'Reilly Open Source award: Defender of Rights". Harald is currently working as "Open Source Liaison" for the taiwanese CPU, chipset and peripheral design house VIA, helping them to understand how to attain the best possible Free Software support for their components. He continues to operate his consulting business hmw-consulting.|