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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
But what if I want to try out things I learn on real Hardware?
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.
The BaconBits cape will have the following capabilities:
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
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).
Who is behind E-ALE?
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.
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.
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.