Building Embedded Linux Systems, 2nd Edition
Concepts, techniques, tricks, and traps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2008
Pages: 464

There's a great deal of excitement surrounding the use of Linux in embedded systems -- for everything from cell phones to car ABS systems and water-filtration plants -- but not a lot of practical information. Building Embedded Linux Systems offers an in-depth, hard-core guide to putting together embedded systems based on Linux.

Updated for the latest version of the Linux kernel, this new edition gives you the basics of building embedded Linux systems, along with the configuration, setup, and use of more than 40 different open source and free software packages in common use. The book also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of using Linux in an embedded system, plus a discussion of licensing issues, and an introduction to real-time, with a discussion of real-time options for Linux.

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
  • Using the uClibc, BusyBox, U-Boot, OpenSSH, thttpd, tftp, strace, and gdb packages

By presenting how to build the operating system components from pristine sources and how to find more documentation or help, Building Embedded Linux Systems greatly simplifies the task of keeping complete control over your embedded operating system.

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Very good introduction to Embedded Linux!

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Comments about oreilly Building Embedded Linux Systems, 2nd Edition:

Solid introduction to the topic and fairly easy to read. I was concerned about being overwhelmed but the authors have taken time to make a difficult subject available to the average Linux SysAdmin.

Lots of information for embedded dev's coming from other Operating Systems! If that's you then the authors suggest having Running Linux (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596007607/index.html) and Linux kernel in a nutshell (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596100797/index.html) available while you work with this book.

Definately a good read! Minor issues are the slight wordiness in places and the lack of proof-reading here and there. Embedded systems skills are gaining popularity and you can get some hands on working with a minimal system and trying out the stuff in this book.

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