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Linaro Connect Event Website -

Welcome to the official content repository for Linaro Connect's static Jekyll website. Connect resources are added to this website through Jekyll posts. These resources are updated during and after Connect. We have a few python scripts that we can use to make the addition of resources to the Connect website easier and more efficient; these scripts create/update and delete Jekyll posts.

We are open to you submitting a PR / Issue if there is anything you notice that is out of place or needs updating.


Below are a few guides that will help when adding content/making changes to the Linaro Connect website.

Generic Website Guides

Addding a Page

Please view the theme documentation on adding pages here.

Adding a Blog Post

Please view the theme documentation on adding blog posts here.

Adding Redirects to the Static Site

Please view the theme documentation on adding redirects here.

Building the Static Site

Please view the theme documentation on building the static website here. Specific Guides

Editing on GitHub

If you are editing the website on GitHub you will need to make a fork of the Linaro/Connect repo, make changes there and then create a pull request to merge your changes in the main code repository for the Connect website.

Step 1 - Create an Account on GitHub/Login

Firstly, create an account on GitHub if you have not already done so - Create an Account on GitHub - or login to your existing GitHub account.

Step 2 - Fork the Linaro/Connect repo.

GitHub contains many repositories (basically a folder with a load of files inside it) and the Connect static website has it's own repository here. You need to make a fork (a copy) of this repository to your account. Which is as simple as clicking the fork button at the top right of the repository.

Fork the Connect repo on Github

Step 3 - Branches on Repositories

Each repository can have multiple branches with whatever name you choose. The Linaro Connect repository has two main branches - develop and master. The develop branch contains the version of the websites files that are used to build The master branch contains the version of the websites files that are used to build When submitting changes to the website you need to make sure you are on the correct branch.

Changing branch on your Fork

Step 4 - Make your changes and submit a pull request.

In order to get your changes added to the Connect website you must make changes to a file/files on your fork of the Connect repository and then submit a pull request (or a PR which is a way to get your changes added to the main repository and not just your copy of the Connect website.)

Creating a pull request.

Making a change and creating a pull request.

Overriding the need for a reviewer on your pull request

If you are certain that you need to merge the changes you have made and you are an Administrator of the repository you do the following to merge the PR.

Warning: If you are an administrator and are using the above method of mergin your pr. Then please make sure that at least the tests have passed!

Overriding the need for a reviewer

Add Keynotes to the Homepage Carousel

Keynotes in the homepage carousel are added from the _data/yvr18-keynotes.yml file. If you need to add a keynote to the homepage carousel simply append your keynote to the data file. In regards to following Connect events, duplicate the yvr18-keynotes.yml file and rename appropriately. Then change the included data file by amending this line:

{% include sections/keynotes.html %}


{% include sections/keynotes.html %}

Add a new resources section to Resources

The resources section is generated from a _data/connects.yml file. This should be modified to include all the previous Connect events whichh have resources.

Adding Connect Keynote Speakers

Speakers on the static Connect website are posts with a category of speaker. Speakers have been added to the _posts/speaker folder to keep them separate from resources/blog posts. In order to add a speaker simply copy an existing speaker and modify accoridngly. Below are the values in the post's front matter (values between to two set's of --- at the top of the file):

Front matter example from a speaker post

author: linaro
categories: speaker
comments: false
date: 2018-08-14 08:40:50
  featured: true
  name: ShinpeiKato.jpg
  path: /assets/images/speakers/ShinpeiKato.jpg
layout: speaker-post
permalink: /speaker/:title/
title: Shinpei Kato

Speaker image - image:

Add the speakers image to the /assets/images/speakers/ sub folder and modify the path and name to match the image you added.

Uploading/Editing on GitHub

To upload a file on GitHub you first need to navigate to the folder you wish to add the image to.

Uploading a speaker image through GitHub

Verify you are on your fork of the repo and not the main Connect repository. Also make sure you are pushing to the master branch (the branch to main live site is built from - unless you are testing the changes which can be added to the develop branch and built to

Updating the Homepage Banner


You can modify the home page banner by updating the '_include/hero-banner.html' include. Here you can find the text / Connect logo used in the banner.

Background image

To modify the background image you change the image listed in the home section of '_data/settings.yml' file.

            # Darken is set to true by default - if you wish to remove the image overlay
            # then change this setting to false.
            darken: false
            # This is the name of the background-image located in /assets/images/
            name: YVR18-banner-high-res.jpg

Updated the name of the image to one that is include in a /assets/images/ folder. If you add a new folder please make sure to add to the jekyll-assets paths in the _config.yml

        js: true
      browsers: ["last 2 versions","> 5%","IE 9"]
    - assets/js/
    - assets/js/vendor/
    - assets/js/app/
    - assets/images
    - assets/images/sponsors
    - assets/images/featured-images
    - assets/images/people
    - assets/images/speakers
    - assets/images/content
    - assets/images/blog
    - assets/css/

All the paths listed above are used by Jekyll when looking for image assets.

Adding Redirects to the Static site

We are using Edge-rewrite which is a rewrite engine running in Lambda@Edge. The redirects are to be added to the _data/routingrules.json file in the webiste repository following the syntax rules here.

^/oldpath/(\\d*)/(.*)$ /newpath/$2/$1 [L]
!^/oldpath.*$ [R=302,L,NC]
^/topsecret.*$ [F,L]
^/deadlink.*$ [G]
^/foo$ /bar [H=^baz\.com$]

Note: These redirects are currently not respected by the link checker until built. So if trying to fix broken links by adding redirects then this may not be the best way to go about it currently.

Building and Contributing


This should build and run under Docker on Windows (10?) with Microsoft Hyper-V: documentation should be added here.

May work under Docker on FreeBSD, Mac OS, etc (totally untested).


When working on the Dockerfile, it may be useful to tag the image with a date-time stamp. For example:

docker build ...snip... -t "linaro/connect:$(date --iso-8601)"

would result in a TAG value like linaro/connect:2017-07-31.

Use the build script for convenience, or adapt the docker run commands correspondingly. The build script will echo all commands run, including the results of variable expansions, etc, so you should easily be able to copy and paste the parts you want for debugging.

Build notes

A modified build script is used for deployment onto AWS and is not currently publically available.

This build script should probably be replaced by a make file.

Building using the build script

Run ./ in a Bash or ZSH shell.

Browse to to view the website.

Other Notes

If you are trying to build this Jekyll site locally without using the Docker image then you may need to install the rmagick gem.

$ aptitude install build-essential imagemagick libmagickcore-dev libmagickwand-dev
$ gem install rmagick


  1. git clone this repo
  2. jekyll build and jekyll serve the site so you can review your changes.
  3. Commit messages must be succint: Pull Requests (PR's) must state the purpose of your changes.

Markdown files, SASS files, etc. must pass basic lint checks before your PR will be accepted. Please check them before submitting to save you and us time.

Links must be checked before submitting.

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