Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben Lloyd Pearson

About Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben handles Open Source Operations for the Samsung Open Source Group. He has a background that spans many areas of technology including digital media, audio / video production, web development, IT systems support / administration, and technical writing. In addition to his work for Samsung, he also runs Open Source Today, a news blog that covers developments in the open source industry. He lives in Austin, Texas, a place he and his wife chose to live in order to experience one of the best scenes for food, music, and technology in the world. He is a musician, aspiring amateur chef, DIY mechanic, and avid gamer.

  • Projects

    Tizen
  • Role

    Open Source Operations

Posts by Ben Lloyd Pearson

  • We’d like to formally announce the launch of The Comprehensive Guide to Open Source for Business. It’s no secret, open source is quickly becoming a business imperative, whether that means its use, development, or both. Any business that leads their industry over the coming decades will most likely do it through open source. Samsung is one of many major technology companies that are pushing for greater open source use and development in business through dedicated open source efforts like the Open Source Group here. With that said, the transition to using open source technology is rife with pitfalls, areas of confusion, and challenges that must be overcome for the transition to be a success. It can be very tricky for a company that has traditionally relied on proprietary software to navigate these waters without a guide, and this information is scattered across many sources, making it tough to develop a […]

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  • October 29, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Wrapping Up A Productive Week in Seoul

    This week has been packed full of presentations, technical meetings, and professional networking in Seoul, South Korea. We sent more than a dozen people to attend the Korea Linux Forum, the Linux Kernel Summit, and the Samsung Open Source Conference and we had representation for nearly all of the open source projects we are involved with including EFL, Wayland, IoTivity, FFmpeg, Gstreamer, and more. We met countless talented individuals and we are extremely happy to get the chance to interact with Korean professionals as we seek to increase our interaction with individuals who could be valuable to the open source technology we rely on. Setting the Tone at KLF Our week started with a keynote from Ibrahim Haddad, the head of the OSG. He explained why open source is so valuable to Samsung and what we are doing as the company’s open source R&D group in order to improve the […]

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  • October 7, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    LinuxCon Europe Wrap Up

    We sent a handful of representatives to LinuxCon EU in Dublin, Ireland this week, and we found quite a lot of value in doing so. Between attending sessions, networking with other experts in the open source industry over Guinness and Irish Whiskey, and meeting people at our booth there was quite a lot for us to do. Buzzwords Abound Its a given that any technical conference will feature a few topics that the industry is focusing on at the time. For some time now, IoT has been perhaps the biggest topic in open source technology and Linux. This conference was no exception with numerous keynotes and sessions that covered IoT platforms including IoTivity, OpenWRT, and more. This topic is only picking up steam and is driven by a serious demand for consumer IoT devices. Additionally, containers continue to be a major area of interest, especially when it comes to cloud […]

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  • August 21, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Linux Continues Full Steam Ahead: LinuxCon 2015

    A few of us from the Samsung Open Source Group had the pleasure of attending LinuxCon in Seattle this week. It attracted more than 1,500 professionals from the Linux community and the rest of the open source industry for presentations, conversations, and general mingling. For the first time, LinuxCon was colocated with ContainerCon which, in addition to CloudOpen, brought quite a few experts from companies that work on cloud technologies and virtualization. Linux is at the Center of an Ever-Growing Ecosystem Anyone familiar with the Linux Foundation probably knows the community is as strong as ever and shows little sign of slowing down. Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, explained this in his opening keynote when he stated that  nearly 3,000 developers have contributed more than 64 million lines of code to Linux Foundation collaborative projects (not including the Linux Kernel). These contributions represent $5.1 billion in […]

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  • OSCON is one of the leading conferences in the open source world, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year to Portland, OR. This year’s event wrapped up on Friday, July 24, and the Samsung Open Source Group sent about a dozen representatives to the conference this year to present talks, interact with visitors, and staff a large booth that featured demos of a handful of the open source projects we are involved with. We’re still a pretty small group here at Samsung with less than 50 people scattered throughout the world, so it’s important to us that we raise awareness about the work we do and OSCON is a good opportunity for us to do so. Scratching Our Itches In true open source fashion, Samsung went to OSCON in order to scratch the company’s own itches. In other words, like most companies and organizations, we were there to help […]

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  • June 22, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    An Introduction to Tizen 2.3 Application Architecture

    Tizen’s architecture is designed to be equally friendly to web developers and embedded systems developers alike, and its flexible nature encourages its use on an array of devices including TV’s, smart phones, watches, tablets, In-Vehicle Infotainment, and smart appliances. It does this by providing a Web API that allows app developers to create simple programs using only HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and also a Native API that provides the benefits of building software for embedded systems in C and C++. The current version of Tizen being used in consumer products is 2.3, and this is the version you will most likely want to target if you are an app developer. This article will cover how Tizen applications are setup and how the Tizen Native and Web APIs work. Tizen Application Types There are three primary types of apps that can be built in Tizen: Native Application – Applications that are developed similar to […]

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  • May 18, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Get Started With Tizen Development On Linux Mint 17

    Tizen is a great platform to develop apps for if you are someone who comes from a web development background. The ability to write apps for wearable devices and smartphones using nothing more than HTML/CSS and JavaScript makes building simple applications a breeze. Tizen extends the functionality of these languages by giving them access to all of the sensors found in many wearable devices and smartphones, which allows developers to build unique apps using simple languages. This guide is tested on Linux Mint 17, and most of it should also work for Ubuntu. Note: Any red text in this guide might be different based on your own configurations or the software versions you download. Prerequisites You will need to download two things before you start. The installer for the latest version of the Tizen SDK for Ubuntu (2.3 at the time of this article) The latest version of the Oracle […]

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  • April 27, 2015 - Guy Martin and Ben Lloyd Pearson

    GearVRf: The Journey from Proprietary to Open Source

    The Open Source Group recently provided technical and strategic consulting to a Samsung team that has developed an exciting new Virtual Reality Framework. GearVRf is a rendering library to help speed application development on VR-supported Android devices. The team had a desire to launch an open source project around this code, and in this post we’ll share the process we went through to help them make this happen. We believe sharing this experience is important for two main reasons. First, readers with less experience in this area will gain a sense of what’s required to take internal code, make it available under an open source license and then drive its adoption by growing a developer community. Second, readers with more experience will hopefully give us feedback on how we can do this better the next time. What Does it Take to Launch a Successful Open Source Project? Our process started […]

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  • April 9, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    We Run on Open Source

    Open source developers can create an immense amount of value for any company that relies on open source software by giving the company the ability to direct and influence aspects of the open source community. This allows the company to shape the tools they rely on, making them better fit their needs: a phenomenon otherwise known as “scratching their own itch.” While an open source developer’s primary skill is writing good code, their value extends far beyond technical skills. Adopting open source practices requires participation in diverse communities that have a number of stakeholders who each have their own itches to scratch.  Open source developers find themselves in a complex position that requires them to be experts not only in their technical field, but also in communication and collaboration. Open source development is a collaborative process that happens all over the world, and our group is no different with developers […]

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