Platforms for Engineering school labs (Was: Re: RFC: Public targets having a big potential: Engineering schools)

michael at michael at
Fri Mar 2 18:03:05 CET 2007

Hi Gergely,

That's wonderful news.

This would make a great story for Linux Journal or Linux Magazine (not to
great mention publicity for OpenMoko).

I will be trying to make contact with those teaching courses like this in the
universities around me (Stanford, UC Berkeley, etc.). If I am able to do so, I
may contact you offlist for more information. I trust that's OK?


On Fri, 2 Mar 2007, Gergely Kis wrote:

> Hello,
> Actually we are planning on doing this at the Technical University of 
> Hungary.
> I have an Embedded Linux course, where in the past years we used Siemens
> Blue2Net devices + HP Ipaq 5500s with Familiar as the target, but the
> former device is very low power (50 Mhz PPC, limited peripherials),
> and the later is not really designed for Linux, altough it can be used
> for education.
> We just acquired Glomation GESBC-9315 developer boards, which has
> similar parameters as the Neo + a CAN / RS485 bus controller which
> makes it useful to demonstrate industrial applications. We also plan
> to acquire Neo/OpenMoko devices to replace/complement the Ipaqs.
> Best Regards,
> Gergely
> On 2/25/07, michael at <michael at> wrote:
>>  Something else your post made me think of: Many engineering programs have
>>  labs
>>  that involve a particular hardware platform.
>>  OpenMoko would make an ideal platform for labs on all the different
>>  technologies involved: embedded systems programming, small screen UI,
>>  hardware
>>  control, modem interfacing and control, GPRS applications, etc.
>>  With access to the openmoko website and sourcecode, instructors have a
>>  huge
>>  range of material to work with.
>>  Students will have access to the hardware via JTAG, and more via the
>>  lunchbox.
>>  All this at an extremely inexpensive price. I'll bet most lab platforms
>>  are
>>  much more expensive as they are low volume development platforms.
>>  Heck, some of you here could be teaching these classes. Perhaps just write
>>  up
>>  a proposal and send it to your local college extension program?
>>  Thoughts?
>>  Michael
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