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ELEC: Right-sizing Linux for Embedded Devices

Jun 22, 1997 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Talk abstract: Linux is establishing a strong presence in the embedded market. In this presentation, Tim will explain how to selectively reduce the size of Linux to fit within embedded devices. Topics covered include: reconfiguring the kernel and libc for reduced binary sizes; stripping the C library of unnecessary functionality; eliminating unnecessary files from open source packages; finding and… breaking dependencies in programs and libraries; removing unneeded symbols and modules from common libraries; increasing the open source package configurability; replacing desktop programs with embedded versions; and replacing program suites with single multi-function programs.

Speaker bio: As Lineo's CTO, Tim Bird is accountable for the architecture, design and development of Lineo's embedded operating system platforms and applications. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from Brigham Young University. Bird began his career as an engineer at Novell, Inc., where, in 1993, he began working with Linux. In 1995, he joined Caldera, Inc. as a senior developer. In 1998, Bird helped create the Caldera division that eventually became Lineo, Inc. in 1999. He is also co-author of “Special Edition: Using OpenLinux” by MacMillan Publishing.

Talk slides: here

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