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CEO Pete Popov looks back on 2020

As we approach the end of December, it’s time to review a year that we will certainly remember for the rest of our lives. It hasn’t been easy, but all of us at Konsulko Group are still working hard, supporting the open source community and helping our customers build forward-looking products.

Even at the start of 2020, we knew this year would be different. The coronavirus was the talk of CES in January with some companies pulling out at the last minute, and everyone wondering what the global business climate would be in the months ahead.

By the time FOSDEM rolled around a few weeks later, it was clear the virus would disrupt commerce worldwide, and by the end of February, we had to cut short our presence at Embedded World because of new travel restrictions.

Then the world locked down completely. Since at Konsulko Group we all work remotely by design, we didn’t have to adjust our way of developing software, but as it did for everyone, we had to significantly change our face-to-face participation in embedded Linux, Yocto Project and other community events.

We taught ourselves to use video editing tools, and gave “virtual” presentations from our desks at the Embedded Linux Conference North America and Yocto Project Dev Day at the end of June, the virtual Automotive Grade Linux All Member Meeting in mid July, Linaro Connect in September, Virtual ELCE and Yocto Project Virtual Summit Europe at the end of October, and participated in the virtual Automotive Linux Summit the first of December.

In December, we also presented an AGL Webinar, Getting Started with AGL using Raspberry Pi.

Early in the year, we announced that we had become a Mender Authorized Referral Partner, and that important alliance has provided dividends to both Konsulko Group and our customers as the year progressed.

Konsulko engineers continued our series of technical blogs…

Helping Yocto Project work with Python 3

Getting Started with RAUC on Raspberry Pi

How Mender works

Using Rust with Yocto Project

Building a DIY SOHO router, 18 months later

…and we posted six new videos of our presentations:

Building Containers with OpenEmbedded

Highly Scalable Yocto Project Build Automation

Security Hardening with OpenEmbedded / Yocto Project

Open Source License Compliance with Yocto Project

Demo: Using Rust with Yocto Project

Software Update Solutions for Yocto and OpenEmbedded

Still, we have all been touched by the physical and emotional toll of COVID-19. Two of our engineers have endured a bout with the virus (and thankfully recovered). Some of us have family, friends or acquaintances who have become seriously ill or even passed away. We can only hope the post-pandemic world is now in sight.

In the long run, the challenges that 2020 have brought us closer together in many ways, and hopefully taught us valuable lessons that will make us stronger in a better new year.

The Year in Review 2019

Konsulko Group has completed another busy year, working hard to solve our customers’ problems, while building efficient and reliable open source software for their products in development.

We’ve helped our customers launch exciting new products across the spectrum of embedded systems: automotive, medical devices, networking equipment, and cutting-edge consumer electronics.

As Globally Employable Engineers, we are geographically distributed across North America and Europe, but thanks to today’s technology, we have worked together every day as a team, often in real time.

At Konsulko Group we believe production software should be closely aligned with OSS community work upstream, and we work to make that happen. Our community work in key open source projects includes the Linux kernel, Yocto Project, OpenEmbedded and Automotive Grade Linux. We participate in important OSS conferences like FOSDEM and SCaLE, sponsor TuxCon and OpenFest every year, and have published two new “how to” technical papers, useful to developers at all levels (available on this website).

We’ve continued our close relationship with the Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux, supporting AGL development, demos and member meetings. Konsulko Group gave technical talks at ALS Tokyo, ELC San Diego, ELCE and Yocto Project Summit Lyon, and the AGL AMM Monte Carlo, and participated in the OSLS Half Moon Bay.

Through the Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer program, Konsulko provided well-received training sessions in 2019 at SCaLE 17x Pasadena, ELC San Diego and ELCE Lyon. We’ve given on-site and remote training to major companies in North America, and remain a Linux Foundation Authorized Training Partner.

All in all, 2019 seems like it has gone quickly. We now look forward to working with you in 2020 and beyond.