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Tutorial series launched on embedded Linux

Mar 23, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Noted ARM Linux kernel hackers Vincent Sanders (pictured) and Daniel Silverstone have posted the first of six tutorials for LinuxDevices on embedded Linux system development. Sponsored by their UK-based development firm, Simtec Electronics, the first tutorial covers the development of a simple embedded Linux system.

Written by Simtec Senior Software Engineer Sanders and Simtec Software Engineer Silverstone, the first tutorial takes users through the steps of setting up a simple embedded system using a Debian or Ubuntu host system. Principle sections of the tutorial include:

  • Setting project goals — requirements vs “desirable properties”
  • Anatomy of a Linux-based system — how a Linux system boots up and starts running
  • Launching a minimal system — working with initramfs, Busybox, and QEMU
  • Booting a real system — working with syslinux and USB sticks to construct a bootable system

Future papers in the Simtec tutorial series will include:

  • Building an embedded Linux system with a web server
  • Building an embedded Linux web kiosk
  • Building an ARM-based embedded Linux web kiosk
  • Improving an embedded Linux system
  • Deploying embedded Linux systems

The first tutorial is available here:

Tutorial: A simple embedded Linux system

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