Building Embedded Linux Systems
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2003
Pages: 416

Linux® is being adopted by an increasing number of embedded systems developers, who have been won over by its sophisticated scheduling and networking, its cost-free license, its open development model, and the support offered by rich and powerful programming tools. While there is a great deal of hype surrounding the use of Linux in embedded systems, there is not a lot of practical information. Building Embedded Linux Systems is the first in-depth, hard-core guide to putting together an embedded system based on the Linux kernel. This indispensable book features arcane and previously undocumented procedures for:

  • Building your own GNU development toolchain
  • Using an efficient embedded development framework
  • Selecting, configuring, building, and installing a target-specific kernel
  • Creating a complete target root filesystem
  • Setting up, manipulating, and using solid-state storage devices
  • Installing and configuring a bootloader for the target
  • Cross-compiling a slew of utilities and packages
  • Debugging your embedded system using a plethora of tools and techniques

Details are provided for various target architectures and hardware configurations, including a thorough review of Linux's support for embedded hardware. All explanations rely on the use of open source and free software packages. By presenting how to build the operating system components from pristine sources and how to find more documentation or help, this book greatly simplifies the task of keeping complete control over one's embedded operating system, whether it be for technical or sound financial reasons.

Author Karim Yaghmour, a well-known designer and speaker who is responsible for the Linux Trace Toolkit, starts by discussing the strengths and weaknesses of Linux as an embedded operating system. Licensing issues are included, followed by a discussion of the basics of building embedded Linux systems. The configuration, setup, and use of over forty different open source and free software packages commonly used in embedded Linux systems are also covered. uClibc, BusyBox, U-Boot, OpenSSH, thttpd, tftp, strace, and gdb are among the packages discussed.

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Required for Embedded Linux developers

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    Comments about oreilly Building Embedded Linux Systems:

    This book is a very good tutorial on the methods for building embedded linux systems from open source. It provides examples for several commonly used cpu's which are very helpful when testing the end build on a target.
    The book provides much of the background concepts & methods for working with open source code & making it work for your needs.
    It was written in the 2002 timeframe and so it's 2.4.x kernel centric. However, the concepts are all the same & it is a great learning tool for beginners & veterans alike.
    I have also taken Karim's week long class & highly recommend it as well. EB


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    By Larry

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    Comments about oreilly Building Embedded Linux Systems:

    Unlike other Embedded Linux books that offer a lot of fluffs, this book offers readers the "machanics" of Embedded Linux, which is the substance that Linux practitioners (or wanna-be's) need. The book is very satisfying.

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    Comments about oreilly Building Embedded Linux Systems:

    Worth every penny I paid for it. It covers a *lot* of ground, going into

    considerable detail about how to set up a Linux system on an embedded

    target. The chapter outlining how to build a cross-compile GNU toolchain

    was worth the money all by itself. The author goes into a great deal of detail.

    Not many pictures in this book -- mostly words! :-) In a lot of ways,

    it's a "Linux From Scratch" manual for embedded targets. Highly


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    Comments about oreilly Building Embedded Linux Systems:

    A truly superb book that imparts broad knowledge and understanding (as opposed to another publisher's book on the same subject that is limited to several narrow examples with too many pages of canned scripts and code).

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