LCA Day #2
The talk "Demystifying PCI" in the LinuxChix miniconf by Kristen Carlson Accardi was a highlight of day two. Using sysfs and lspci on a running system was an effective way to introduce the PCI bus and is certainly more entertaining than reading the PCI spec. A couple of new things I picked up from the talk: lspci -x prints out the configuration space of the PCI devices in hex which lead to the observation that the vendor code for Intel is 8086, ha!
It was also good to meet Kristen in person; she had helped me with a patch for adding the docking station entries to sysfs. Hopefully we can get her down to Oregon State to give a talk to our open source development class.
After the conference on Tuesday Google sponsored a party for all conference goers. It was a great night to meet and chat. In particular I got a chance to meet a few of our donors including conference organizer Lindsay Holmwood. Thanks again to everyone who donated.