Often as software engineers / developers the first thing we do when we want to start a cool new project is start writing code. In reality what we should do is to take a step back and look at what the people who went before us have already done, open source software provides a wonderful platform to build cool things with very little effort by utilizing existing code.
I will use the experiences and lessons I have learned from building a Linux powered robot to illustrate this, I will go through my design emphasizing the design decisions taken to further illustrate this point while also touching on other systems engineering concepts such as modular design and using open protocols to further allow reuse and changes.
Simon has spent the last one and a half years working as a Senior Software Engineer for SUSE Linux within the packaging and support team and is based in Adelaide. Simon has been a contributor to openSUSE for the last 5-6 years, mainly packaging the Enlightenment desktop along with some other packages and is also a release manager for the Enlightenment desktop. Previously he worked for a Radio Communications company in Adelaide.