Archive For October, 2008

14 articles

Why a good platform can’t be free

By Doug Schaefer I sure am having fun thinking about OpenConsole, i.e., a Linux based set top box that plays in the same space as Microsoft and Sony and Nintendo, but is really an evolution of the Home Theater PC (HTPC) into gaming, but all using open licensing so you don't have to pay the big boys to write applications…

BMW wants to go open

By Doug Schaefer Ian Skerrett, our fine director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation, pointed out this article from MotorAuthority.com. BMW apparently is feeling out the market to see if there is an appetite by tier one manufacturers to work together on an open source stack for in-car infotainment systems.The concept BMW has in mind reminds me a lot of…

Security

By Alex Wilson I have just attended The Open Group meeting in Munich. The Open Group look after standards such as POSIX and as such Wind River are a member of the Real Time and Embedded Systems Forum. This week as part of the Real Time Group we were looking at "Dependability through Assuredness" and had some great presentations on formal…

Fun with RSE

By Doug Schaefer I love my home office setup. I still have an @work office that I go to, but with an Autistic son who's home schooled, I never know when I need to work at home for a day or two so it's good to have something setup so I can continue working when I do. In the office,…

Open Console you say

By Doug Schaefer Linux powers "cloud" gaming console. More info here. I hate the term cloud, but this is close to the internet appliance/open gaming console I have been thinking about. Specs are damn close too. Although I'm not sure the ATI HD 3200 class graphics (I assume it's the 780G chipset) will do a good job at the games.…

I am not a Web Designer

By Doug Gaff I always feel out of my element when I have to design a webpage. Sure, I can use an HTML editor just as good as the next person, but designing site usability and flow is another matter. Recently I came across an inexpensive product called Mockups, which as its name suggests is a mockup program for designing…

Windows as a host for Linux development?

By Doug Schaefer Here's something I'm trying to decide as I work through the ultimate development environment for a Linux based "OpenConsole" (and to be clear, I'm talking about set top box class consoles, not mobile). As I mentioned in previous blog entries, I've figured out how to extend qemu to do OpenGL calls on the host and present a…

FIRST Robotics

By Doug Gaff A colleague of mine pointed me to this very positive review of Wind River Workbench, our Eclipse-based environment for device software development. This customer was thrilled to use a product that "just works" after it's installed. He's also a big fan of Eclipse. The most humorous part of the review: The good people at Wind River allow…

It’s all about the Stack

By Doug Schaefer Someone recently pointed me to a presentation that Tim Sweeney (Mr. Unreal engine) from Epic Games gave at POPL (Principles of Programming Languages) 2006. The focus of the presentation was on "The Next Mainstream Programming Language" where he discussed the challenges game developers have with performance and quality and what the next generation language needs to have…

On the Future of C++

By Doug Schaefer There's been talk for a number of years now on the decline of C++ and the rise of virtual machine and scripting language. But certainly from where I sit, the C/C++ community is still very strong. In fact, I still see many more C applications than C++, especially in the Linux and embedded worlds. Though, everyone agrees,…