Budapest LDS

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I’ve just got back from a busy week at the Linaro Developer Summit in Budapest.  At the last LDS we decided that we wanted to integrate the activities of the TSC (Technical Steering Committee) into the developer summit, rather than have a parallel event.   We were successful, but boy was I busy.

On the technical side, I concentrated on the memory management and kernel upstreaming sessions.   Both were about the wider ARM Linux community coming together to solve problems.   Memory management is a problem that will take a while to solve, but I think that we have a good direction and, as importantly, a bunch of engineering that we can get going on now.    Kernel upstreaming is as much about how we accelerate the rate of ARM kernel consolidation as how the ARM Linux  maintainers organise themselves and interact with the rest of the Linux community.

In the run up to LDS, the TSC had been working hard to evolve Linaro’s high level requirements, so at LDS we chose to take a step back and look at how we manage those requirements more efficiently.   The problem here is that Linaro has grown very rapidly in this last short year.   The first time we were at UDS (and Linaro wasn’t quite born), there were around 50 of us, at the first LDS there were around 100 and this time I believe that there were 200 of us.    In other words, we’ve doubled our presence every 6 months. In a similar way, the complexity of the requirements we’re dealing with and the problems that we’re trying to solve is doubling too, so we need to do things differently.

Of course, it wasn’t all work.   The evenings were spent socializing with friends old and new and seeing some of Budapest, a lovely old city.


David Rusling
David Rusling
Chief Technical Officer at Linaro. David always enjoyed mathematics, but America’s space program together with ‘Star Trek’ made him think that computers were really interesting and so he graduated in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science. At Digital Equipment Corporation he got involved in the port of Linux® to the Alpha processor. This gave him an abiding respect for the power of open source in general and Linux in particular. He worked on StrongARM before moving to ARM where he added tools experience. At ARM he continued to be involved in open source and as a reward for his meddling was made an ARM Fellow. He helped create Linaro, becoming it’s CTO in 2010. When he’s not being a techno-dweeb, David enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, fine wines and friends.
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