Minutes of BLUG meet, July 2003.
A moment's indulgence in a topic so dear to the heart has the most important
turn to be taken missed in an unconscious English word. Now, the Bangalore
Traffic Demon looms large, pushes us through ever-hungry signals one-way
that stare in red and wink in green. Result: We reach the BLUG meet venue
with a ten minute delay (we had anticipated an arrival early by 15 minutes!).
And what do we find? A pleasant surprise! With an attendance of 181, July BLUG
surpasses the largest ever participation for any LUG meet! Kudos!! The joy
(which was much more than evident in the organizer's face-flowers) definitely
beats the pain in having to find a 'created' space to either sit or stand.
Without consuming any time, Kartik hands it all over to Sathyanand from
Infosys, who begins the BLUG Topic of the Month with his Introduction to
RT Linux. It walked us through RealTime OS, Issues in existing Linux to meet
Real Time requirements and the beautiful detour taken by the RTLinux team
to overcome the problem(s).
If the Introduction set the tempo for the evening, the presentation by
Samyeer and Ramprasad on making Linux work on their Encore Simputer was
cracker! With an introduction to the various features supported by the
Simputer, Samyeer and Ramprasad went on to list how, from the initial
StrongARM-on-an-Assabet stage, Encore went on making progress step by
step, facing and removing hurdles big and small all the way.
Don't they put the icing on the cake at the end? Mrinal and Jnaneshwar of
PESIT bring in their home-made collision avoiding robot exactly like that.
The ultrasonic-vision (!) of the robot was enabled by the only non-indigenous
component (a SONAR, it was) of their toy-car-mounted assembly. The 180 degree
sweep, the obstacle information collected and the resultant safe-route choice
made by their simple engine was a treat to the eyes - particularly shifting
between the live-video showing how it would 'back-off' seeing (hearing?) a
very-close obstacle and slowly turn away from a distant obstacle along side
the GUI that displayed the echo-returns and the choices being made in
Kartik pre-announced the BLUG logo campaign (an official mail yet to be
sent on this) and called for the linux-passionate artists to submit their
many entries. He also declared open the next-most important thing of the
evening - GRAB YOUR GRUB!!
Prabakar Venkatraman (Prabakar_V at infosys dot com)
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