2019-10: The Game Programming Event

Yesterday we met to learn about game programming. Anders Björklund started with a presentation on SpriteWorld – the project that got him into open source. You can find his slides here.

After that Johan Thelin did a live session showing Godot. He started in 2D and ended in VR. All the example code is available on his github, and the slides are here.

Again – big thank you to everyone who joined in – and big thank you to Unionen for the nice venue and food!

2019-11 och 12

It is finally time for the autumn season of foss-gbg to get going. This time we have to sessions lined up.

We begin on November 18 with a session of game programming using Godot.

Godot is an open source game engine allowing you to create both 2D and 3D games. During this evening Johan will demonstrate the basic concepts before diving into fun bits such as VR.

Johan has never worked as a game developer and is a master of so called ”programmer art”, i.e. he can write code, but not draw. During day time he works as a system architect for in-vehicle infotainment at Mbition, as well as a co-founder of the start-up studio Kuro Studio.

The host for the evening is Unionen. They kindly provide the venue as well as lighter food. You can get your tickets for the event here.

In December we continue with a meetup on the topic of Labgrid.

Labgrid is a embedded board control python library with a focus on testing, development and general automation. Labgrid exports a pytest plugin which abstracts the hardware specifics, based on a configuration file per board.

I’ve used Labgrid to automate flashing and testing of embedded boards, both as part of a CI loop but also for my everyday developer tasks. In this talk, I’ll make an overview of what Labgrid is and isn’t, how it can fit into the development flow and do some comparisons with other systems. There will be lots of examples and a demo!

Tobias is a software engineer that has ended up in the embedded Linux domain, working mostly with various Linux platforms using Yocto/OpenEmbedded with both automotive and industrial applications. A functional programmer at heart, most of the code he writes these days are C/C++ and various scripting snippets.

The venue for the event is kindly provided by Redpill-Linpro, who also contributes some lighter food. Get your tickets for the event here.

Frukostseminarium om Open Source

Setterwalls kör ett frukostseminarium om Open Source den 13/11. Mer information och registrering hittar du här: https://setterwalls.se/aktuellt/event/frukostseminarium-open-source .

PS. Organiserar du events som kan vara av intresse för foss-gbgs medlemmar är du mer än välkommen att höra av dig så annonserar vi dem här.

The autumn 2019 season is here

Once again it is time for a new season of foss-gbg. We’ve already lined up a couple of speakers with various topics, but we want to know what you are interested in. If you want to hear about something, or speak about something – do get in touch.

We are also looking for venues so if you want to host one of our meetups – reach out and we can set something up.

In the mean time, here are some sneak peaks at what is coming during the autumn.

One of the topics planned is a talk on LabGrid – a Python based framework for testing and automation.

Another topic that is on the list is Godot Engine – an open source game engine that is gaining a lot of traction.

foss-north IoT and Security Day

On October 21st, the first foss-north event outside of Gothenburg will take place at the WTC in Stockholm. There, we will spend a day with the theme IoT and Security.

The Call for Papers is open until August 18, and the final programme will be available in the beginning of September.

So – make sure to get your talk submitted, and save the date so that we can meet in October!

2019-05: Show and Tell

Yesterday we had the May event. It took place in the workspace provided by Digidem Labs with catering provided by Kuro Studio.

This was the first time we tried the format of show and tell and we had seven different (groups of) speakers showcasing everything from autonomous robots, encryption hardware, to administration tools for Linux and a ride-sharing platform.

Picture by Dimitri Platis (source: https://www.meetup.com/foss-gbg/photos/30005502/#481559654)

Two of the speakers wanted to share their slides and some additional information:

A big thanks goes to the sponsors and all our participants helping to make this event!

OPENHACK in Gothenburg

Are you a creative problem solver or enjoy coding? Do you have a passion for working with humanitarian issues? If the answer to these questions is yes, then join OPENHACK for their hackathon the weekend of 24-26th May!

OPENHACK started as a project within engineers without borders and is a collaborative community where ideas and knowledge are being exchanged in order to solve humanitarian challenges through open source development. Our hackathons serve as the foundation of our community where physical meetings take place and innovations are sparked to life. This is where we bring tech volunteers, aid organizations, social actors, and sponsors together in the same building to work together.

For 48 hours, developers, designers and motivated people from all over Sweden will gather for a hackathon in Gothenburg. The focus will be to leverage Open Source code to solve challenges society faces.

Read more and register on – https://gbg.openhack.io

2019-05: Show and Tell

On May 22 we meet for a Show and Tell – bring your own project and show it to the world. It can be software, hardware, or almost anything else, as long as it is open source.

The cryptopuck, which will be shown and told about.

We have a couple of projects lined up, but the more the merrier! Tell Johan at johan@foss-gbg.se if you want to show something.

We will be at Digidem Lab and Koderize will provide some lighter food for the evening.

Reserve your seat over at meetup

foss-north 2019: Community Day

I don’t dare to count the days until foss-north 2019, but it is very soon. One of the changes to this year is that we expand the conference with an additional community day.

The idea with the community day here is that we arrange for conference rooms all across town and invite open source projects to use them for workshops, install fests, hackathons, dev sprints or whatever else they see fit. It is basically a day of mini-conferences spread out across town.

The community day is on April 7, the day before the conference days, and is free of charge.

This part of the arrangements has actually been one of the most interesting ones, as it involves a lot of coordination. I’d like to start by thanking all our room hosts. Without them, the day would not be possible!

The other half of the puzzle is our projects. I am very happy to see such a large group of projects willing to try this out for the first time, and I hope for lots and lots of visitors so that they will want to come back in the future as well.

The location of each project, as well as the contents of each room can be found on the community day page. Even though the day is free of charge, some of the rooms want you to pre-register as the seats might be limited, or they want to know if they expect five or fifty visitors. I would also love for you to register at our community day meetup, just to give me an indication of the number of participants.

Also – don’t forget to get your tickets for the conference days – and combine this with a training. We’re already past the visitor count of the 2018 event, so we will most likely be sold out this year!

foss-north 2019: Training Day

The 2019 incarnation of foss-north is less than a month away. This year we’re extending the conference in two directions: a training day and a community day. This time, I wanted to write about the training day.

The training day, April 10, is an additional day for those who want to extend the conference with a day of dedicated training. I’m very happy to have two experienced and well known trainers on side: Michael Kerrisk and Chris Simmonds. Both has years of training experience.

Michael will teach about the details in dynamic linking. The topic may seem trivial, but when you start scratching the surface, there are a lot of details to discover such as how to handle version compatibility, how symbol resolution really works, and so on. You can read more about the Building and Using Shared Libraries on Linux training here.

Chris will run a getting started with embedded Linux training. Using BeagleBone Black devices the participants will learn how to build linux for the target, how to get devices such as GPIO and i2c working and more. You can read more about the Fast Track to Embedded Linux training here.

The best part of enrolling for training at foss-north is that you also get full access to the two conference days, and that you help fund the conference itself. If you are interested, check out the tickets page.