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Jan 29, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

An embedded Linux development, consulting, and training firm in the South of France has published more than 360 pages of free training presentations on embedded Linux topics. The presentations cover topics including Linux changes since 2.6.10, power management, device driver development, and porting Linux to ARM platforms, says Free Electrons.

Free Electrons has always released its training materials under a Creative Commons documentation license. The company also routinely posts extensive video transcripts from conferences such as CELF's Embedded Linux Conference.

Michael Opdenacker

The more than 360 pages of materials comprise presentations created for Free Electrons's customers in recent months, says the company's manager, Michael Opdenacker (pictured). Topics are said to include:

  • New features in Linux 2.6 (since Linux 2.6.10, with a focus on interesting features for embedded systems)
  • ARM Linux specifics (ABIs, Thumb support, floating point)
  • Kernel initialization (from the bootloader to the init process)
  • Choosing filesystems (major update on flash filesystems, covering UBIFS)
  • Porting Linux to new hardware (showing example code for an ARM board)
  • Power management (clock and power regulator frameworks, idle loop, suspend/resume, frequency control, etc.)
  • Linux PCI driver development
  • Block device driver development
  • The blob bootloader
  • The Scratchbox development environment
  • Linux virtualization solutions (with an embedded perspective)
  • Using SSH

Opdenacker commented, “After several months of silent, mostly underwater work, Free Electrons has at last managed to release the new materials it created for its customers in the last months.”

Besides the newly added resources, Free Electrons maintains its previously published materials, Opdenacker noted. “If you haven't had a look at them for a while, you may learn new things, as these documents are updated as often as possible.”

“And,” added Opdenacker, “Don't hesitate to order new ones.”


Free Electrons's new training materials and updated older materials should be available here.

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