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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002220
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The lessons learnt using this book alongside systems such as the IPAQ will certainly pay off." - Martin Howse, LinuxUser & Developer, issue 31 "This book should be essential reading for embedded system designers at all levels of experience who intend to use Linux in current or future projects. The only other thing you need is an internet connection to download the source code of components that are used." Industrial Networking & Open Control, June 2003

About the Author

Karim Yaghmour is the founder and president of Opersys Inc. (http://www.opersys.com), a company providing expertise and courses on the use of open source and free software in embedded systems. Being himself an active member of the open source and free software community, Karim has firmly established Opersys's services around the core values of knowledge sharing and technical quality promoted by this community. As part of his community involvement, Karim is the maintainer of the Linux Trace Toolkit and the author of a series of white-papers that led to the implementation of the Adeos nanokernel, which allows multiple operating systems to exist side-by-side. Karim's quest for understanding how things work started at a very young age when he took it upon himself to break open all the radios and cassette players he could lay his hands on in order to "fix" them. Very early, he developed a keen interest in operating system internals and embedded systems. He now holds a B.Eng. and an M.A.Sc. from the cole Polytechnique de Montral. While everyone was hacking away at Linux, Karim even took a detour to write his own distributed micro-kernel in order to get to the bottom of operating system design and implementation. When not working on software, Karim indulges in his passion for history, philosophy, sociology, and humanities in general. He's especially addicted to essays and novels by Umberto Eco and Gerald Messadi.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warrick Lacey on May 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I am (and have been since October) in the midst of new hardware bring up. I am not a LINUX novice but performing a kernel bring up -- well let's just say I assembled a number of books in preparation of the project.
Forturnately for me, this book was one I selected.
I found the text to be be thorough (w/plenty of references to other texts, also by O'Reilly) starting with the general and moving on to specifics.
I like the order of the presentations. Often times I find the next chapter the next task confronting me.
Good Job Mr. Yaghmour!!!
You saved me a lot of pain.
Well worth the money.
Warrick Lacey
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By A Customer on June 13 2003
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Entering the world of embedded Linux development was a daunting task not too long ago, since information was spread thinnly across the web, and books were not readily available. Several books have appeared recently, and a couple are ok, but this book is the most thorough available to date. It covers all important aspects of the development process, from concepts to debugging, with toolchain building, the kernel, bootloaders, networking and root file systems in between. I would highly recommend this book. It has been extremely helpful to me.
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By Arun Kalluri on Sept. 9 2003
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This book is a good starting point for people to understand the work of embedded linux engineers in the real world. It is also a great book for experienced people in the industry as they can collect various pieces of missing information. I just wish I had this book two years back when I learnt all this stuff the hardway through pieces of information on web. Technology changes fast, but the stuff mentioned in the book is still up to date in the industry.
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Even if you already have development tools, this text is helpful for administering an embedded Linux device, or for locating applications/daemons to run on an embedd Linux device. This text deals with different architectures, like ARM etc.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A very valuable resource June 13 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Entering the world of embedded Linux development was a daunting task not too long ago, since information was spread thinnly across the web, and books were not readily available. Several books have appeared recently, and a couple are ok, but this book is the most thorough available to date. It covers all important aspects of the development process, from concepts to debugging, with toolchain building, the kernel, bootloaders, networking and root file systems in between. I would highly recommend this book. It has been extremely helpful to me.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Building Embedded LINUX Systems (review) May 2 2004
By Warrick Lacey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am (and have been since October) in the midst of new hardware bring up. I am not a LINUX novice but performing a kernel bring up -- well let's just say I assembled a number of books in preparation of the project.
Forturnately for me, this book was one I selected.
I found the text to be be thorough (w/plenty of references to other texts, also by O'Reilly) starting with the general and moving on to specifics.
I like the order of the presentations. Often times I find the next chapter the next task confronting me.
Good Job Mr. Yaghmour!!!
You saved me a lot of pain.
Well worth the money.
Warrick Lacey
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Practical book Sept. 9 2003
By Arun Kalluri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a good starting point for people to understand the work of embedded linux engineers in the real world. It is also a great book for experienced people in the industry as they can collect various pieces of missing information. I just wish I had this book two years back when I learnt all this stuff the hardway through pieces of information on web. Technology changes fast, but the stuff mentioned in the book is still up to date in the industry.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great primer on Embedded linux Nov. 4 2004
By Mark D. Lucia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book a "must read" if you are even thinking about embedded linux. Karim's discussions about flash devices and files systems is information you could spend weeks aquiring else where.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for this kind of project! July 8 2007
By paulsm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
On the one hand, a typical Linux user is going to install a pre-built package (Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu, etc) on pre-built PC. This book isn't for them - there are plenty of books for learning and using Linux.

On the other hand, embedded systems developers often have a good, working toolchain from a vendor like WindRiver or DataLight. This book isn't necessarily for them, either.

But if you're building your own system: your own DIO controllers, perhaps with a mix of flash drives and conventional storage, perhaps remote booting ... and if you've decided to use Open Source as your platform ...
then you NEED this book.

There simply isn't any other text out there that covers the breadth of subjects (toolchain, kernel build, kernel tailoring, media types, etc etc etc) with the wealth of details as this book.

It's an excellent book, and an indispensible resource.


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