Building Embedded Linux Systems

Posted by tripwire45 on Nov 10, 2008 4:43 AM EDT
The Linux Tutorial; By James Pyles
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For a long time, Linux has been trying to convince most people (that is, mostly home and business users) that Linux on the desktop is a good alternative to Windows. Linux has already established an outstanding reputation in the server room, so system administrators are already convinced of the virtues of Linux. All that can be considered "Linux, open and above board". What about "Linux under the hood"? By that I mean, what about the virtues of embedded Linux systems? What about Linux running "in everything from cell phones to car ABS systems and water-filtration plants..."? That's what Yaghmour, et al proposes to teach you in this book.

According to the Preface of this edition, "When the author of this book's first edition, Karim Yaghmour, first suggested using Linux in an embedded system in 1997 while working for a hardware manufacturer, his suggestion was met with a certain degree of skepticism and surprise. Today, Linux is either in use already or is being actively considered for most embedded systems..." Updated for the latest Linux kernel (as of the writing of the book), this second edition seems to have come a the right time. But does it present the right information, and to whom does it speak?

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