Encuentro Linux 2009 Day 1 Report

So a child of the frigid north found his way all the way to the other side of the world for yet another spectacular free software conference. This time it's to celebrate the Encuentro Linux conference 2009 in Valparaiso/Vina del Mar in sunny Chile.

Hosted at the picturesque Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, this conference has attracted hundreds of Linux enthusiasts, students, and business folks. With a view like this, it's no wonder that you often see people standing outside discussing their software, instead of the auditoriums and class rooms:

Back from Austin

So, after spending a week in the US attending the Linux Collaboration Summit, I'm finally back, and slightly less jet lagged enough to write a small post about my journey. Although I haven't attended many conferences in my life, I have to say that this one was truly one of the best. The amount of talent mixed with collaboration was a spectacular sight. Indeed everyone was open to dialog, and wanting to to work together to bring Linux forward as a whole.

Learning how to reverse engineer a Windows USB driver: the Luxeed LED keyboard

In this article I will share with you the trials and tribulations that I went through as I reverse engineered a Windows driver to create a Linux one. The hardware which will be subjected to my hackery is the Luxeed LED keyboard. A keyboard with seemingly free controll over most of its multi-colored LEDs. After seeing this device on the digg, I knew I had to have one.