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TOPIC: Build your DIY customized embedded linux firmwares

Build your DIY customized embedded linux firmwares 2 years 1 month ago #9

Many embedded devices run customized Linux systems that include a more or less wide range of features on top of a standard kernel delegating proprietary hardware handling to a minimal set of specific drivers.
Chipset vendors typically provide SDKs to build such customized solutions without too much pain, but these proprietary tools often lack the flexibility required when you want to build a solution that either differs too much from what was expected by the vendor or includes software components that were designed too long after the SDK was released.
Several community-driven projects try to address these issues by providing generic solutions to build embedded systems for a wide range of chipsets. The two biggest communities are built around buildroot and Open Embedded/Yocto.
The main difference between the two solutions is that buildroot aims at simpler/smaller ad-hoc solutions whereas Yocto can be used to build full Linux distros.

The main purpose is to offer customization for systems that have open-source software mixed with proprietary software. The ultimate goal is to customize the development environment by anyone.


Docs:
Free Electrons Docs

Books:
Prentice Hall : Embedded Linux Primer: A Practical Real-World Approach (2nd Edition)
Oreilly : Building Embedded Linux Systems, 2nd Edition
Apress : Pro Linux Embedded System
Mercury Learning & Information : Real-Time Embedded Components and Systems with Linux and RTOS(Second Edition)
Last Edit: 2 years 1 month ago by ice-breaker.
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