Some weeks ago I decided to restart working with PIC microcontrollers, just for fun, and bought some electronic components, tools, etc. After having everything in hands, I started looking at the state of the PIC development tools in Gentoo, and found some outdated packages. I updated the packages I wanted to use (dev-embedded/gputils and dev-embedded/gpsim; dev-embedded/sdcc still needs some work), and added some other packages (dev-embedded/cpik, a C compiler for PIC 18F, and re-added dev-embedded/pikdev, a simple graphic IDE for the development of PIC-based applications, that was previously removed due to the usage of kdelibs3, and now is a Qt4-only application).
I'll be putting some effort on packaging the MPLAB X IDE and the XC8 compiler in the next weeks, if permitted by their licenses. I'm not sure yet.
That's all for now.
Although I'm relatively busy with my work to improve Lua on Gentoo I need to update you about my main role: sci-electronics. Actually, the Gentoo Electronics subproject right now.
On October 17 the developers from the sci-electronics herd had a meeting to discuss the state of the herd and the creation of a subproject. At the end of the meeting I was elected the lead of this subproject, and now I should stop slacking and start doing something to make the "Soldering Iron Brotherhood" move ahead.
The subproject page was created by me, based on a work of Denis (Calchan), with some help of Thomas (TomJBE) and is already online (not listed on the Science page because its not done yet):
Currently we have 2 main tasks:
- Recruit new developers: We need more developers to take care of the electronics-related stuff. New blood is never enough. ;) I still can't mentoring anyone to join Gentoo as developer, but I'm sure that some senior developer will be glad to help you join the team if you are really interested.
- Write test benches: Electronics software is kinda esoteric. Arch testers usually are not specialists, then we should provide good test benches to make their life easier when stabilizing our packages.
That's all for now.
Feel free to contact me and stay tuned! :)
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