Is it really possible to use the Beaglebone Black in industrial embedded projects? or it is just a maker/hobbyist platform?
I have been searching for an industrial version of the Beaglebone Black in order to leverage the great know-how and resources available on this great open source hardware platform to make it work reliably on industrial environments. A professional version would allow e.g. better platform longevity planning, reliability, customization or industrial temperature ranges. Last year there were some efforts that did not get anywhere.
The Beaglecore project in kickstarter seems like a great attempt at remedying this situation. It is a system on module (SOM) fully compatible with the existing Beaglebone Black, with features aimed at industrial computing and long-term availability. Help them achieve their goals!
Although I agree that proprietary software should have their own space within the embedded systems industry, there are some open source tools I consider essential when developing embedded software.
Cenatic is the Spanish national reference center on open source technologies. They have published an interesting report on the usage of open source software on the embedded systems industry in Spain. Especially interesting is the comprehensive list of open source tools covering all phases of the development life-cycle, some of which I intend to incorporate into my toolset.
The technical workshop on the Spanish electronic ID card, DNIe, that took place in Valladolid the 1st of June, provided a good introduction into a subject I have just started to look into. The DNIe support website offers loads of resources useful for development of applications built around the usage of a DNIe smartcard.
I am now looking into OpenSC and support for DNIe on Ubuntu Lucid, which seems to be a problem right now as the OpenSC driver supported for usage with the DNIe is provided in compiled form, using a version of OpenSC that lags behind what is available with most modern distributions. I will keep you updated.
Embedded World 2010 in Nuremberg was a great exhibition and conference. The trendy topics this year seemed to be Android and energy-efficient computing, with a myriad of vendors selling low-power embedded solutions. There were as well plenty of ARM related tools and chip vendors, with ARM getting bigger all the time. Also, an example of open source and proprietary software coexisting side by side: