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Book review: John Lombardo’s “Embedded Linux”

Aug 9, 2001 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views founder Rick Lehrbaum gives his impressions of the world's first book on the subject of using Linux in embedded systems and smart devices: John Lombardo's Embedded Linux, published by New Riders press (ISBN: 073570998X). Lehrbaum writes . . .

“As far as I know, it's the first — and, at the time of this writing, the only — book published on this timely subject, thrusting it very much into the spotlight and making it a 'must read' for all developers (and many others) interested in exploring the subject of embedding Linux . . .”

“An exhaustive work on the subject of using Linux in embedded systems and smart devices could certainly occupy a lot more pages . . . Obviously, picking the right 192 pages worth of information and presenting it in an interesting, useful, and well written manner must have presented a real challenge to the book's author — one that he handled quite skillfully . . .”

“The book starts off with an excellent introduction to the idea of using Linux as an embedded operating system, proceeds to outline the options available for embedding Linux, and then launches into some valuable discussion of how to design an embedded based system on Linux, including software, hardware, and system-level considerations. The book is chock full of good practical advice for embedded developers in general, and especially for embedded Linux developers.”

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