ELC-E / LinuxCon 2015 (Dublin) Tuesday keynotes

Securing an Open Future – Leigh Honeywell, Slack Technologies
Container Panel – Moderator: Joe”Zonker”Brockmeir, Panelists: Tom Barlow, Sebastien Goasguen, Brandon Philips
Open Source Fueling the Growth of the Internet of Things – Mark Skarpness, Intel

Securing an Open Future – Leigh Honeywell, Slack Technologies

As open source developers, we have more impact by writing secure code, because it not only benefits your users, it also raises the watermark for other developers.

How to write secure code?
* Look for issues. Think like an attacker, watch how data flows and where it can affect things.
* Look for smells. Talk to other developers, let them review your code, watch out for where they’re uncomfortable about their code.
* Have a friendly environment, so that developers are not afraid to find security bugs in their own code.

Container Panel – Moderator: Joe”Zonker”Brockmeir, Panelists: Tom Barlow, Sebastien Goasguen, Brandon Philips

How ready is container technology? It’s actually not a new technology, the underlying kernel features have already been in use for eight years.

There are two classes of containers: a lightweight VM and an application container. The latter is really the big strength of containers, because it makes it extremely easy to deploy an application.

Open Source Fueling the Growth of the Internet of Things – Mark Skarpness, Intel

IoT has the potential to change the world, but their are significant challenges. Security of course, which means the ability to update is essential. But also there are many developers with good ideas, but they’re not embedded systems experts and we can’t expect to train all of them. So we have to help them get it right. Communication is also something that needs more work. There are many communication protocols (Thread, BLE, BT Mesh), we have to make it easy to use them. Also a standard application layer is required on top of them so devices can talk to each other.
You can’t build one software stack and serve all the diverse IoT domains, but we do have to have standards and building blocks. But it has to be done in a way that doesn’t require a developer to become an embedded systems expert.

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