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Next week, the Embedded Linux Conference will take place in San Jose, California.

On Thursday at 2 PM, +Thomas Petazzoni will be giving a talk titled "Buildroot: what's new?" to present the latest developments in Buildroot.

Don't hesitate to join the talk if you attend the conference, there will also be plenty of time at the end of the talk for an interactive discussion with the audience. Thomas will also be around for the entire duration of the conference, so if there's anything Buildroot-related you want to discuss, don't hesitate to catch him!
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New version of the #Eclipse  +Buildroot plugin!
 
A new version 3.2  of the Buildroot plugin for Eclipse has been released. This version is compatible with the latest version of Eclipse Kepler 4.3 SR2. This  version also fixed an issue about setting properly the sysroot when debugging.

See https://github.com/mbats/eclipse-buildroot-bundle/wiki for more details.
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Anybody interested in the AVR32 support in +Buildroot ? If so, then speak up now, otherwise, we may very well deprecate the support for this architecture in the next release, 2014.05.

AVR32 has been abandoned since several years by Atmel, and therefore the upstream support is very poor or existent: no upstream support in gcc/gdb/binutils, broken upstream support in uClibc. It was however maintained in a pretty good shape by Simon Dawson for quite some time, but Simon has changed job and is no longer able to maintain AVR32.

So if you're interested by AVR32, speak up now.

See http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.uclibc.buildroot/81335.
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The Google Open Source Blog has a post about the last Buildroot meeting that took place in the Google offices in Brussels. See http://google-opensource.blogspot.be/2014/03/progress-in-person-2014-buildroot.html for the blog post.
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It finally happened: the Buildroot website at http://buildroot.org/ now has a new look, much more in line with what modern web site looks like. The previous Buildroot web site was in place since the origin of the project, in 2001, so it was time for a change.

You can expect some more improvements in the coming weeks and months. Comments and suggestions are welcome!
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The +Buildroot project was allocated one slot for the Google Summer of Code program this year! We are happy to welcome +Hadrien Boutteville as our GSoC student for this summer!

Hadrien will be working on continuing the work started last year by +Spenser Gilliland about improving the multimedia support in Buildroot.

You can therefore expect significant further improvement in the support of OpenGL, Wayland, X.org, accelerated video decoding, Qt5 and more.

Note that we are very interested in hearing about your needs in terms of multimedia features in Buildroot, so that we can hopefully integrate these suggestions in the TODO list of the GSoC program this summer. Let us know what's missing in Buildroot!
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Help needed to maintain the Microblaze support in Buildroot. If you're doing work on Microblaze, you may be interested in helping Buildroot continue to support this architecture.

See http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.uclibc.buildroot/81336.
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Here is the last reminder about the Google Summer of Code projects proposed by Buildroot. There is only a little bit more than one day before the deadline for students to apply as candidates for the program.

If you're a student, want to work on Buildroot this summer and get paid for it by Google, do not hesitate to apply.

Of course, we assume that the candidates will have a minimal knowledge of embedded Linux.

See https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014 to apply, and http://elinux.org/Buildroot:GSoC2014Ideas for some ideas of projects.
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For our french readers, it is worth mentioning that the current issue of the OpenSilicium magazine has an article about Buildroot, which even makes it to the front page of the magazine with the familiar yellow hard hat. See http://www.unixgarden.com/index.php/open-silicium/open-silicium-n10-mars-avril-mai-2014-en-kiosque.

The article, written by +Denis Bodor, details how to set up a Mini2440 ARM platform with a few kernel patches, describes how to add new custom packages, and how to customize the root filesystem using a post-build script. Even though there are a few imperfections in the article (like using the generic-package infrastructure to package an autotools based package), it is overall a good introduction, and definitely a good exposure for Buildroot.
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Buildroot is a set of Makefiles and patches that makes it easy to generate a complete embedded Linux system. Buildroot can generate any or all of a cross-compilation toolchain, a root filesystem, a kernel image and a bootloader image. Buildroot is useful mainly for people working with small or embedded systems, using various CPU architectures (x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.) : it automates the building process of your embedded system and eases the cross-compilation process.