Thursday, January 17, 2019

Open Source Conference Tokyo Fall 2018

I forgot to report on Open Source Conference (OSC) Tokyo/Fall 2018. This is probably about the 8th time I attend OSC, but I have only reported it a couple of times. The next one will be in February!

As usual, the event was held at Meisei University, about 15 minutes walk from the Tama Zoo and its station. Actually, I'm embarrassed to say that I have never visited the zoo. Maybe I'll do next time.

The talks. You can find them listed on the event website both for the 27th and 28th sessions. The first talk I went to was given by ftake, and it was useful to catch up with  Btrfs and its transactional updates. I also attended a talk about project Sebastien (android sample).

Apart from the talks, the booths were impressive as usual. In particular, I got interested in Musashino's which was full of second-hand routers modified to run OpenWRT. Some keywords I annotated while I was checking out the booths:

Conclusions: going to OSC is always a good learning experience. I got interested in hacking some second-hand router. I also found super cool the telescope made by @nanbuwks, and I was impressed by Murachue's Linux porting to the Nintendo64.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


In October 2018, I had the chance to attend the Automated Testing Summit and the Embedded Linux Conference in Edinburgh thanks to a sponsorship by the Linux Foundation. I spent most of my time working, attending meetings and discussing projects.

I used the little free time I had to explore the streets of Edinburgh. I was impressed by the city's architecture, and I loved the cobblestone paths and old-style buildings.

In particular, the Edinburgh castle, which is on top of a hill in the middle of the city, was astonishing. The Linux foundation organised a sweet party inside the castle, and even a better one in the National Museum of Scotland, another must-see.

After my hiking trips in Snowdonia and the Black Mountains in Wales, as well as my trip to the Lake District in North West England, I had always wanted to hike in Scotland. I didn't have time for a long route, but luckily Edinburgh has a hill called Arthur's Seat within walking distance.