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Indoor AR Audio Navigation

in Gadgets, SoTM, SoTM2011, OpenStreetMap


Denver, CO
United States
39° 44' 20.9544" N, 104° 59' 4.9308" W

Indoor AR Audio Navigation by Jacques Lemordant


Jacques Lemordant

Fedora ARM Build System

in Build, Fedora, FSOSS, FSOSS 2010, Gadgets, Programming


Toronto, ON
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

The ARM processor is the most popular processor in the world, with over 1 billion produced annually. ARM based systems also draw very little power, with most using less then 10 watts. The main problem with ARM based systems is the lack of software support for those wishing to take advantage of these low cost computers, our hope is to change that.
We have created a Koji Build System for ARM based computers. Koji is the software used by the Fedora Project to test applications and ensure they work on different architectures before being made available to end users. In order to accomplish this we have built a small scale server farm of ARM based machines. These machines report to a central server and request "jobs" , in our case software packages that will be tested with the results being reported back to the maintainer of that software. If the package will not work on ARM, the maintainer will be notified automatically and has the ability to find out why using the web interface. Once the needed changes are made, they may submit the packages again for testing until the software works on ARM as well as the primary architectures, x86 and x86_64. This allows developers to use ARM based machines without having to relearn another operating system, and to take advantage of the over 15,000 packages maintained by the Fedora Project.

Paul Whalen

The KDE Show: An Overview of Where the Free Software Desktop Is Heading

in Community, Company, Entrepreneurship, Gadgets, SC2010, KDE, Programming


Ottawa, ON
45° 24' 41.6592" N, 75° 41' 53.4984" W

Aaron Seigo provides a look at the KDE project and a glimpse of where it is going. This talk is particularly interesting if you're looking for libraries to enhance portability and mobile-readiness of your software.

Aaron Seigo

Squirrel. An open source model airplane?

in Gadgets, Misc
Darcy Whyte

How Darcy Whyte (24 year software developer) created one of the most popular rubber band airplane designs by releasing the design to the public rather than trying to patent it and control the source design and manufacturing.

This talk includes:

- A look at the problem solving methodology that Darcy used to produce software for his clients and how he used it to create an artifact instead of software.

- How releasing the design to the public resulted in design improvements and important viral propagation of the project.

- How continued openness created excellent platform to commercialize the project.

During the presentation, Darcy will build a Squirrel model airplane in about 6 minutes and demonstrate flying above the audience.

You can see it fly at Click "how high" for some spectacular flights.