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29 June 2018

Name: Brian Onn

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

About me: Since early 2003 I've contributed tons of Wikipedia edits anonymously. In 2007 I was reading about Wikipedia admins and the work they do, and I realized that I wasn't getting any credit for my past edits. So I figured it was finally time to get a username for myself.

Interests: I've been a Unix kernel hacker since the early days of AT&T System III Unix and it's children (SVR4, BSD Unix, SunOS, Solaris, Linux, etc). Yes, I've read, worked and hacked on each of the listed kernels at some point in time. Before that I was deep into MS-DOS internals, and wrote a 2-user time-sharing system on MS-DOS 2.11 and 3.0 around 1983/84.

Today, I'm mostly interested in embedded systems engineering using ARM and PowerPC chips, and building system-on-a-chip with VHDL or Verilog using Xilinx, Altera or Actel chips. I'm still using Linux, although I think it is just getting too big and too hard to configure easily for embedded systems these days. μClinux is a great project which helps out here. Recently, I have started to look at other operating systems for embedded use, specifically the gamut of free and commercial RTOSs. Contrary to popular belief, not everything needs to embed Linux.

I also dabble in smaller microcontroller based projects using any one of these: anything 8051 based, Microchip Technology PIC, Atmel AVR, TI MSP430, Zilog eZ80 and Renesas SH-2

Feel free to leave a message on my talk page.

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Barnstars, etc.[edit]

I'm waiting for my first one to show up here.


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