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Book chapter expounds on Linux bootloaders

Nov 17, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Book publisher Prentice Hall has agreed to share a chapter from Christopher Hallinan's just-published Embedded Linux Primer with LinuxDevices readers. Entitled “Bootloaders,” chapter 7 looks at bootloaders in embedded systems, with a focus on the open source U-Boot bootloader for PowerPC, MIPS, ARM, and other architectures.

Author Christopher Hallinan is a 20-year veteran of the embedded systems market, who currently works as a field engineer for MontaVista software. His 527-page Embedded Linux Primer was released on Sept. 29.

The Bootloaders chapter includes sections devoted to:

  • Role of a Bootloader
  • Bootloader Challenges
  • A Universal Bootloader: Das U-Boot
  • Porting U-Boot
  • Other Bootloaders

Click here to download this chapter as a PDF file:

Chapter 7: Bootloaders

Other chapters in Hallinan's book include:

  • Introduction
  • Your first embedded experience
  • Processor basics
  • The Linux kernel: a different perspective
  • Kernel initialization
  • System initialization
  • Bootloaders
  • Device driver basics
  • File systems
  • MTD subsystem
  • BusyBox
  • Embedded development environment
  • Development tools
  • Kernel debugging techniques
  • Debugging embedded Linux applications
  • Porting Linux
  • Linux and real time

The publisher previously offered $10 downloads of Chapter 11, about Busybox, through an early access program.

(The Bootloaders chapter is Copyright 2007 Pearson Education, Inc., and is being provided as a download by with permission of the owner.)

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