Konsulko Group supports OpenFest

Konsulko Group is very pleased to be a sponsor of OpenFest, November 3-4, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a team of embedded Linux and Open Source Software community and industry veterans, we are always happy to support important OSS events.

Headquartered in California, Konsulko works with customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia to develop and maintain Open Source-based solutions for products. Our European subsidiary, Konsulko Ltd is based in Sofia.

Konsulko’s focus is upstream and production software design, enablement, optimization, and maintenance for customers in a wide array of embedded software markets including automotive, networking, industrial, medical devices and IoT.

Our senior leadership have been contributors in the Linux kernel and other OSS communities since the late 1990s. Konsulko engineers are involved today in many Open Source projects, including the Linux kernel, U-Boot, Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded, AGL, and GENIVI. Members of the Konsulko team have been key participants in major software projects with Google, Sony, NEC, Nokia, Nvidia, MIPS, Texas Instruments, NXP, Juniper Networks, Huawei, Robert Bosch, Groupe PSA, and Jaguar Land Rover.

If you are attending OpenFest, we’d love to talk with you about engaging Konsulko’s engineering expertise and experience on your project. Or if you’re a software developer with a passion for Linux, please contact us during or after OpenFest about joining the Konsulko team.

See you at the AGL AMM in Dresden (and ELCE in Edinburgh)

This week, Konsulko Group is coming to Dresden, Germany to the Automotive Grade Linux All Member Meeting. Matt Ranostay will present State of Connectivity in AGL, an overview and roadmap of bindings and binding APIs in the current and upcoming release of AGL. Scott Murray will speak on the developer panel.

Next week, Konsulko engineers will travel to Edinburgh, UK to give four technical sessions at co-located Linux Foundation events.
* At the OpenIoT Summit, Leon Anavi will speak about Open Source MQTT Brokers, a lightweight publish/subscribe machine-to-machine protocol with a reliable bi-directional communication in (near) real-time, and at Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Comparison of Voice Assistant SDKs for Embedded Linux Devices, including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as an open source alternative, Mycroft.
* At ELC Europe, Scott Murray will explore Building Container Images with OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, discussing container size, reproducibility, security vulnerability fixing, and license compliance.
* As part of special Embedded & IoT Apprentice Engineer Tracks (additional track registration required), Konsulko Group CTO Matt Porter will present Introduction to IIO and Input Drivers.

We hope to see you in Dresden or Edinburgh, or both.

Konsulko Group to present four technical sessions in Edinburgh

Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. For the past 13 years, ELC has had the largest collection of sessions dedicated ​exclusively to embedded Linux and embedded Linux developers.

Co-located with both the Open Source Summit Europe, the leading conference for developers, architects, the open source community and industry leaders to collaborate and share information, and OpenIoT Summit, the only Internet of Things (IoT) event focused on the development of open IoT solutions, ELC Europe will be held in Edinburgh, UK, October 22-24, 2018.

Registration for one of the three co-located conferences allows you to attend the other two as well.

Konsulko engineers will present four technical sessions:

Leon Anavi will give two presentations –
* at the OpenIoT Summit, Open Source MQTT Brokers, a lightweight publish/subscribe machine-to-machine protocol with a reliable bi-directional communication in (near) real-time, and
* at ELC Europe, Comparison of Voice Assistant SDKs for Embedded Linux Devices, including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as an open source alternative, Mycroft.

At ELC Europe, Scott Murray will explore Building Container Images with OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, discussing container size, reproducibility, security vulnerability fixing, and license compliance.

As part of special Embedded & IoT Apprentice Engineer Tracks (additional track registration required), Konsulko Group CTO Matt Porter will present Introduction to IIO and Input Drivers.

We hope you are able to attend. We’ll see you in Edinburgh in October.

Two new articles help engineers new to Automotive Grade Linux

Konsulko Group’s Leon Anavi has made a couple of recent contributions to the Automotive Linux (AGL) wiki:
* ConnMan (how to use the cli tool to connect to a network)
* Media Browser and Player (playing songs from a USB stick)

We hope that this technical information will help beginners to get started easier and faster with AGL. We encourage you to participate in the AGL wiki. Feel free to update and improve either or both articles.

Don’t be afraid to get help with the basics

Fifteen years ago, we used to say that getting an embedded Linux kernel and drivers successfully running on your target hardware got you about 10% of the way to your finished product. Now, thanks to OpenEmbedded and the Yocto project, you can do a lot better than that, but there are usually a few technical challenges along the way.

At Konsulko Group, we’ve seen many of these issues (often repeatedly) in the world of Yocto/OE, and we are often called upon by our clients for this “basic” work. If you are moving to new hardware or building the next generation of your device, we can help with your hardware bring-ups, “upreving” your software stacks, porting your unique OS work, determining if rearchitecting is necessary, and providing on-going maintenance.

Don’t hesitate to contact us, no matter how large or small your technical challenge. Chances are that our past two decades of experience can solve your problems very efficiently, so you can spend your time focussing on the things that make your product unique.

See you at the Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo

Automotive Linux Summit connects the developer community driving the innovation in automotive Linux together with the vendors and users providing and using the code in order to drive the future of embedded devices in the automotive arena. Once again this year, ALS will gather over 1,000 attendees from global companies leading and accelerating the development and adoption of a fully open software stack for the connected car.

Konsulko Group works closely with Automotive Grade Linux to support AGL development, releases and demos. If you are in Tokyo at ALS, please be sure to say hello to Scott Murray and Matt Ranostay from Konsulko, and don’t forget to congratulate AGL Executive Director Dan Cauchy as an ECD Top Embedded Innovator of 2018!

Konsulko Group sponsors TuxCon 2018

Konsulko Group was proud to be a Gold Sponsor of TuxCon 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on June 9th and 10th. TuxCon is an annual community event about free and open source software and hardware. It is organized by volunteers and free for all visitors. Twitter hashtag: #TuxCon.

Headquartered in California, Konsulko Group works with our customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Our European subsidiary, Konsulko Ltd is based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

If you are building a new product, we’d love to talk with you about engaging Konsulko’s engineering expertise and experience on your project. Or if you’re a software developer with a passion for Linux, please contact us about joining the Konsulko team.

Konsulko Group presented two technical talks at ELC North America 2018

Konsulko engineers gave two well-received presentations at the Embedded Linux Conference, the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. Slides and abstracts are available at the links below.


Tuesday, March 13 • 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Automating Open Source Hardware Lightning with Home Assistant and MQTT – presented by Leon Anavi


Tuesday, March 13 • 4:20pm – 5:10pm
poky-tiny and Beyond, or Trying to put the Yocto in Yocto Project – presented by Scott Murray

ELC North America was held in Portland, Oregon, March 12-14, 2018.

What We Learned from Jim Ready

When Jim Ready passed away at the end of December, he left a legacy in the world of software development that continues to this day and will continue for many years to come. He drove the commercial acceptance of Linux as an embedded operating system in its early days, taking it all the way from “how can this work?” to widespread adoption across one industry after another.

Jim was also an articulate (if occasionally reluctant) spokesman for both Embedded Linux as a community and using the open source methodology for commercial software — the symbiotic parts of a never-ending process.

With his pioneering work with VRTX and Ready Systems, Jim was already well respected in embedded systems when he founded MontaVista Software in the final months of the last century (1999) with the Internet bubble bursting and Linux still very young (and very PC and server focused).

He had the crazy idea that open source software could be a viable commercial solution for every conceivable embedded device. This was a huge leap, basing a business not on the tightly controlled “precious jewel” world of RTOSs, but instead on the constantly evolving, messy organism that was the Linux community. That required looking at commercial software development in the open source model, moving beyond static releases, updates and lifecycle programs, focusing on process instead of product, on outcomes instead of systems, on management and integration instead of authorship.

Many of us at the Konsulko Group worked at MontaVista in those early years. We experienced first hand the paradigm shift and the hard work it took to make it happen. Jim gave us the chance to do something we loved (and in most cases already pursued as a hobby) and turn it into our life’s work. Almost two decades later, through the lasting relationships we formed and the lessons we learned working with him, we are thankful for the opportunities, mentoring and friendship Jim gave us, and that’s part of his legacy as well.

Konsulko joins Developer Panel Keynote at AGL AMM in Tokyo

At the Automotive Grade Linux All Member Meeting at the Hilton Tokyo, Scott Murray, Konsulko Group Senior Staff Software Engineer, will bring his 20+ years experience developing with Linux, plus expertise building custom distributions with OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project, to the Developer Panel Keynote on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 11:10am – 11:50am. It promises to be a lively and informative discussion among some of the top engineers working with AGL. If you are planning to attend the AMM, don’t miss this session. We hope to see you in Tokyo!