Re: Introduction

Urs Gleim


my name is Urs Gleim. I am with Siemens Corporate Technology. I have a history in embedded systems development with all the big proprietary embedded operating systems out there. I worked in projects in the domains automotive (mainly infotainment), industry automation, healthcare and others. Today I am more in the managing role pushing the shift to open source software and (embedded) Linux in particular in the company (lessons learnt from the work with other OS's :-) We run the internal "Corporate Competence Center Embedded Linux" and support businesses units migrating to and maintaining Linux for their products.

The experiences of the last years showed that the way each and every company is building their own customized Linux versions, tool chains, and test infrastructure could be done much more efficiently and more sustainable. Even inside each company there are several solutions for different products.

We have different product cycles and requirements compared to consumer products, data centers, for example. So what every company in the area of systems used in rail, traffic control, healthcare, power generation/transmission, etc. does is: i. adapting Linux for their needs (in terms of build environment, test, features, ...), ii. maintaining these solutions for years.

Furthermore, having standard configurations would lead to a common platform as a basis for others building upon those platform (libraries, network protocols, tools). At the end this is an ecosystem involving and bringing together different communities/projects, suppliers, and the companies creating products. In other domains there are efforts going in the same direction (e.g., AGL, Genivi). So we believe we can do much more by joining forces in the operating system area and Linux will be established even more in the industrial world. One of the strongest pain points today is the effort we spend for (super) long-term maintenance, for each product, in each company. So we start addressing this by creating a  harmonized build and test infrastructure and agreeing on common super long-term maintained kernel versions and patch cycles.

I am looking forward working with you.

Best regards,

On 16.09.2016 09:53, KOBAYASHI Yoshitake wrote:

Hi all,

My name is Yoshitake Kobayashi. I am working for Toshiba.
I've been working on operating system related topics for more than 20 years.
Currently, I've been leading an embedded Linux team in Toshiba to provide Linux
environments for our embedded products.
For open source related projects, I represent Toshiba for three projects which
include CIP, Debian-LTS [1] and Linux Foundation CE Linux project [2].
I've also made several presentations at Embedded Linux Conferences [3].
In retrospect, the most of my presentations relate to start CIP.

For CIP, I am one of the founding member. So, CIP is really exciting and
challenging project for us. I am looking forward to working with you.


Best regards,

On 2016/09/15 17:30, Agustin Benito Bethencourt wrote:

On 15/09/16 08:50, Daniel Sangorrin wrote:
Hi Ben,

I've been asked to introduce myself to the list, before getting into
discussions.  So here's a very brief summary.

I've been working on the Linux kernel for about 10 years, including
co-maintenance of Debian's kernel package for most of that time.  Debian
provides security support for each stable release for 5 years, and in
support of that I backported many fixes to 2.6.32-longterm and took on
maintenance of the 3.2-longterm and 3.16-longterm branches.

I'm now adding another part-time role as lead kernel maintainer for the
CIP.  I look forward to working with you all to establish a project and
process that can extend the support lifetime even further.


Welcome to the CIP project. It's great to have such an experienced maintainer
in the project. Looking forward to working with you too!

Daniel, can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Agustín Benito Bethencourt. I represent Codethink at CIP. I've managed teams-programs-projects for some years ago, the last in the open.

I am looking forward to find out how we are going to deal with this outstanding challenge, keeping a Linux system alive and healthy for many years in mission critical environments. I think it is an exciting one.

Best Regards


Best regards,

IoT Technology center
Toshiba Corp. Industrial ICT solutions,

Ben Hutchings
Software Developer, Codethink Ltd.

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