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Sep 2, 2012 - 1 minute read

LXC – Fast virtualization with Linux containers – X86 and ARM

Stéphane Graber explains how to get started with linux containers on Ubuntu 12.04 here:- Creating a basic container and starting it on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is now down to: sudo apt-get install lxc<br></br>sudo lxc-create -t ubuntu -n my-container<br></br>sudo lxc-start -n my-container I needed this, because the container name was wrong. sudo cp -rf my-container/ my-cloud-container/ This will default to using the same version and architecture as your machine, additional option are obviously available (–help will list them).

Aug 19, 2012 - 2 minute read

Embedded System Design on a Shoestring In this practical guide, experienced embedded engineer Lewin Edwards demonstrates faster, lower-cost methods for developing high-end embedded systems. With today’s tight schedules and lower budgets, embedded designers are under greater pressure to deliver prototypes and system designs faster and cheaper. Edwards demonstrates how the use of the right tools and operating systems can make seemingly impossible deadlines possible. Designer’s Guide to Embedded Systems Development shares many advanced, “in-the-trenches” design secrets to help engineers achieve better performance on the job.

Jul 7, 2012 - 2 minute read

Puppy Linux and BarcampBlackpool

This week at Blackpool LUG, Crawford and Mike attending. With Barcamp Blackpool fast approaching, we spent the morning preparing hardware required for the event. Picture of the Igel browsing the web using a Belkin wireless dongle: (click to enlarge) From meetings In this case, the hardware is a small ‘thin client’ box made by Igel, and has an Via Eden processor which is X86 compatible. The Via Eden and the via graphics chip that accompanies it is quite low powered, and in a normal use scenario would utilise the power of the server it attaches to.

Jul 6, 2012 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG Meetings 26/05/2012 to 30/06/2012

It’s been a busy few weeks for the LUG, so lets recap. Raspberry Pi XBMC Les setup his Raspberry Pi with XBMC and was able to watch Iron Man 2. Windows 8 Mike showed off Windows 8 on one of the many spare machines that he has. To be honest, it wasn’t that bad, but it is quite clear to see the many Linux influences present in the latest Windows release.

May 19, 2012 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG Meeting 19/05/12

Another action packed meeting at Blackpool LUG. This week we were joined by three new faces. Alan O’Donohoe the face of computing in schools, and driving the recent surge in Raspberry Pi based events, called Raspberry Jams ;) RosiePy, Alan’s daughter and Youtube presenter. Ian Dixon, podcaster and blogger over at And our meeting was very busy. Les, Ian and Alan looked at the Raspberry Pi running XBMC and OpenElec.

May 18, 2012 - 3 minute read

Blackpool LUG Special Projects Group @UCubed

The third UCubed event was a runaway success, with over 60 people attending, and lots of buzz generated on the day. And Blackpool LUG Special Projects Group aka “The Screaming Penguins” were right in the middle. Big Tony was there manning the Debian Demo Area, surgically placed next to the Raspberry PI stand. It was great to see so many different people, and their projects, passions and knowledge mix together and build an atmosphere of friendly inspiration.