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Contiki Turns Ten

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the better-than-the-internet-of-ding-a-lings dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The first release of Contiki, the open source operating system, was announced ten years ago today on Slashdot. From its inception, Contiki has been all about connecting 'unexpected things' to the Internet, including things like Lego bricks and Apple II computers. Today, Contiki is still going strong and is now being used in the Internet of Things, where it is connecting things like thermostats to smartphone apps throughout Europe."

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This will be the year!!! (5, Funny)

thomasdz (178114) | about a year and a half ago | (#43131907)

2013 will be known as the Year of the Contiki Desktop! mark my words.

Re:This will be the year!!! (4, Insightful)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | about a year and a half ago | (#43131957)

More like "the year of the Contiki refrigerator".

Re:This will be the year!!! (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about a year and a half ago | (#43132341)

Yeah, I've been wondering how to connect my refrigerator to the internet. And my toaster, washer, dryer, vacuum, my car, my mower, chain saw - everything!

What could go wrong? It's not like there are any threats to SCADA that are connected to the internet, is there?

Re:This will be the year!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43135795)

As long as it's an Einstein refrigerator!

Re:This will be the year!!! (2)

StarWreck (695075) | about a year and a half ago | (#43132737)

As far as I can tell they stopped updating the desktop version, as seen on the Commodore 64, very early in development.

Re:This will be the year!!! (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a year and a half ago | (#43135019)

Contiki Desktop!

still better than Ubuntu

did it hook (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43132063)

moms rabbit to dads device?

Create the next internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43132073)

register contiki@mars.milkyway.org.universe.0001 today!

Re:Create the next internet (0)

peragrin (659227) | about a year and a half ago | (#43132477)

Ah but I want to to live in milkyway.org.universe.0042 They already have the answers.

Re:Create the next internet (1)

dwye (1127395) | about a year and a half ago | (#43134727)

Ah but I want to to live in milkyway.org.universe.0042 They already have the answers.

Just not the Questions.

Question: can it handle IPv6 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43132223)

Just wondering

Re:Question: can it handle IPv6 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43132283)

"Contiki provides powerful low-power Internet communication. Contiki supports fully standard IPv6 and IPv4, along with the recent low-power wireless standards: 6lowpan, RPL, CoAP. With Contiki's ContikiMAC and sleepy routers, even wireless routers can be battery-operated."

http://contiki-os.org/#about

Re:Question: can it handle IPv6 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43134141)

Have you read Contiki's website? Just wondering.

where does contiki fit in with bluetooth LE? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43132343)

I'm working on a project with a sensor and a radio. Contiki sounds like they promise to be perfect for it. We have selected Bluetooth le because it is supported by iOS devices. Did we choose the right tech?

Re:where does contiki fit in with bluetooth LE? (2)

iamwahoo2 (594922) | about a year and a half ago | (#43135275)

Contiki is primarily aimed at 802.15.4 devices. As far as I am concerned, Bluetooth LE is a hackish attempt to make it compete in the same space as 802.15.4. I think that your average 802.15.4 radio consumes less power for the same range & throughput as a bluetooth LE. Also, you have the advantage being able to create more advanced sensor networks. Of course, BLE has the huge advantage of being able to piggyback along with existing bluetooth to get on all the phones and tablets.

Yes, but... (1)

pigiron (104729) | about a year and a half ago | (#43132739)

"it is connecting things like thermostats to smartphone apps throughout Europe."

Has it reached Polynesia yet?

Thingsquare (1)

ChrisMP1 (1130781) | about a year and a half ago | (#43132757)

Holy crap, that website does not miss a single fucking buzzword.

Re:Thingsquare (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43132931)

They do miss a few buzzwords like "memory requirement", "processor speed", "power consumption".

Re:Thingsquare (2)

lisaparratt (752068) | about a year and a half ago | (#43132983)

Perhaps because for such a massively multiplatform RTOS such an architecture specific question can't be answered in a meaningful way?

Re:Thingsquare (2)

DamnStupidElf (649844) | about a year and a half ago | (#43133293)

10KB of RAM, 30KB of ROM. That should also tell you what the processor and power requirements are. Anything with that amount of memory is running at a few MHz and sipping milliwatts.

Re:Thingsquare (1)

OolimPhon (1120895) | about a year and a half ago | (#43136803)

That sounds like the Z80s I have in the back of my cupboard...

Interview with Contiki's creator, Adam Dunkels (4, Informative)

angry tapir (1463043) | about a year and a half ago | (#43133455)

Shameless plug: I had a pretty extensive chat late last year with the guy who Contiki. You can read it here [computerworld.com.au] .

Re:Interview with Contiki's creator, Adam Dunkels (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43134917)

With the guy who Contiki what? I think you might be missing a word or two there guy.

Re:Interview with Contiki's creator, Adam Dunkels (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43136427)

Did he Contiki you?

Kontiki the computer company (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43136883)

Wonder if these people ever heard about Kontiki 100 [wikipedia.org] the Norwegian computer and what happened to them. Not sure using just replacing K with C will suffice.

Internet of Things? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43137831)

Internet of Twat more like.

Good OS for a raft (1)

the_arrow (171557) | about a year and a half ago | (#43138777)

I'll think I'll use it on a raft, then sail over the Pacific Ocean.

Re:Good OS for a raft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43143643)

I konnot kondone this sort of post.

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