Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer

Are you an Embedded Engineer who is transitioning to using Linux? Attend seminars on how to start with using Linux for Embedded Applications. The Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer program provides a place at existing Embedded conferences where you can get your questions answered.

Do you have Embedded Linux questions? We have answers!

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Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer (E-ALE) is nominally a series of 8-9 seminars over 2-3 days at existing Embedded Linux conferences. Take as many or few as you want to. The seminars will each represent a key topic relevant to Engineers new to Embedded Linux. Each seminar first gives lecture or presentation on one subject, followed by lab time to practice the relevant learned skills (most often on real embedded HW). Each seminar will be taught by a professional Embedded Linux Instructor with years of practical experience.
Please be aware that some seminars have suggested prerequisites. Later seminars will assume you have the knowledge from the earlier prerequisite seminar.
There is a fee of $100 USD to join the Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer track which comes with the HW kit (described below) which is necessary to do the labs at the end of the seminars. Attendees are free to enjoy the rest of the conference and attend only the seminars they want to.
Electronic Parts

No question is too simple.

At professional conferences it can sometimes be embarrassing to ask what seem like simple questions. The reality is that everyone had to start somewhere. Let us help fill in any holes in your existing knowledge. All levels of experience welcome.
Raspberry Pi

Maker to Professional

Everyone comes with their own reason to learn Embedded Linux; from maker to Professional Engineer. However the basics are all the same. Embedded linux essentials are the same, or at least highly similar across all platforms and architectures.
Minnow Boards


Do you have specific questions about a particular CPU architecture or brand of board? One of our instructors probably has deep experience on that platform, or in some cases actually helped build the board in question. Come and ask questions and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Can't I just learn this stuff online?

Of course, you can learn online! There are lots of great online resources available around on the Web.

However, not everyone learns in the same way. Some people like to learn in-person from an instructor who has already been-there and done-that; someone who can answer your immediate questions or at least point you in the right direction.

At this time, E-ALE is in-person classes only.

We don’t offer these seminars online.

But what if I want to try out things I learn on real Hardware?

For 2018 we will be using the PocketBeagle.
All the Embedded Apprentice Linux Engineer classes will involve using embedded hardware during the hands-on labs. For 2018 we will be using the PocketBeagle and a BaconBits cape which are included with the $100 USD registration fee for E-ALE at SCaLE61x and ELC. We will only support doing the labs on the official HW kit; please don’t bring your own and try to use that. The HW kits will be delivered to the attendee at the first seminar they choose to attend.
Pocket Beagle and Breadboard
The BaconBits is OSHW and available on github

The BaconBits cape will have the following capabilities:

• USB Host A
• Reset button
•  I2C accelerometer
•  GPIO Push button
• Power button

What do I need to know beforehand? What do I bring to class?

What am I expected to know beforehand?

We make assumptions about attendees existing skills in the E-ALE seminars:

  • You are comfortable using a command line interface
  • You can program and know C
  • You have some level of Linux userspace experience

These are not courses on "How to use Linux"


What should I bring to class?

Attendees must bring their own laptop with the following requirements:

  • A minimum of a recent i5 processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Your plugin power supply (we will be compiling a lot)
  • At least 100GB of free disk space
  • Run "./check-requirements.sh EALE"

If your laptop doesn’t run Linux...

... please make sure you have a virtual machine program hypervisor available in order to install a Linux VM (for instance Virtual Box, or VMWare).


Get your computer ready for E-ALE seminars

We have a script which will set up your computer for E-ALE. Please run it before you come to the seminars.

You can find all the slides and code on the Course Materials site, or in github.

E-ALE is at more than one conference!

Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2018

Oct 21-23, 2018
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products.

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Embedded Linux Conference 2018

March 12-14, 2018
Portland, OR, USA
ELC is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. It will be held at the Hilton in Downtown Portland.

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Southern California Linux Expo 16x

March 8-11, 2018
Pasadena, California
SCaLE is one of the longest running community Linux conferences in the world, this being it’s 16th year running in the Los Angeles Region. SCaLE has had an Embedded track for a long time, and this year will be featuring not only the regular Embedded presentation track but also hosting E-ALE!

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What is the License? Are the Seminars Recorded?

What is the License?

All our slides are licensed under CC BY-SA, and the code under GPL/MIT. Feel free to share or use this material however you see fit. The idea is to share all speaker slides and code on github.

Are there Recordings?

Recordings depend on the conference, but we’re trying to have all the seminars recorded and published to YouTube.

Who are the Instructors?

All of our E-ALE instructors are all either professional Instructors, or domain experts in the topics they’re sharing.

Who is behind E-ALE?

Is E-ALE a company?

We are an open source project made up largely of community members and companies who want to help people get into Embedded Linux programming.

All the materials and instructor time is donated, and all the HW kits are priced as low as we can to cover costs.

Who started E-ALE?

A number of long-time Linux Engineers were standing around an established embedded Conference talking about how they had been hearing from attendees new to Embedded Linux that the existing talks were too advanced for people transitioning to Embedded Linux. And this crazy idea to provide low cost Embedded training at existing embedded conferences was born.

Surely E-ALE is selling something?

E-ALE operates as a non-profit. We only try to cover costs. The time and written materials used in E-ALE are all donated.

Certainly, all of our E-ALE instructors are also consultants with their own companies. Each of them would be happy to talk to you further about more paid training or contract work. However, that is up to you to ask them about it.

Our Supporters

SCaLE 16x


The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation

QWERTY Embedded Design



GHI electronics

GHI Electronics

OSH Park

OSH Park



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Converse in Code'

Converse in Code

Konsulko Group

Konsulko Group



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PTR Group

Togán Labs

Togán Labs



Yocto Project

Yocto Project

Zephyr Project

Zephyr Project

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