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Building Embedded Linux Systems Second Edition Edition

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Book Description

Concepts, techniques, tricks, and traps

About the Author

Karim Yaghmour is the founder and president of Opersys, a company providing expertise and courses on the use of open source and free software in embedded systems, and Kryptiva, a a provider of email security services. 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 veryyoung age when he took it upon himself to break open all the radiosand cassette players he could lay his hands on in order to "fix"them. Very early, he developed a keen interest in operating systeminternals and embedded systems. He now holds a B.Eng. and anM.A.Sc. from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. While everyonewas hacking away at Linux, Karim even took a detour to write his owndistributed micro-kernel in order to get to the bottom of operatingsystem design and implementation. When not working on software, Karimindulges in his passion for history, philosophy, sociology, andhumanities in general. He's especially addicted to essays and novelsby Umberto Eco and Gerald Messadie.

Jonathan Masters works on the Linux kernel for Red Hat.

Gilad Ben-Yossef is the cofounder and CTO of Codefidence TD. and has been assisting OEMs make use of free and open source software in commercial products and services since 1998. He is also cofounder of Hamakor, an NPO devoted to the promotion of FOSS in Israel, and a founding organizer of "August Penguin," an Israeli community FOSS conference.

Gilad is a member of the Israeli chapter of Mensa, the Israeli Information Technology Association and the Israeli chapter of the Internet Society. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv Jaffa Academic College.

When not trying to make FOSS software do something the authors never intended, Gilad likes to SCUBA dive, read science fiction and spend time with his wife Limor and his and two adorable girls, Almog and Yael.

Philippe Gerum is the founder and maintainer of the Adeos and Xenomai projects.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596529686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529680
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By KaGe on February 19, 2010
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I bought this book when I had very little idea about embedded Linux systems. I tried reading it but found that its explanation of all available options / flavors, while informative, was unhelpful in trying to answer the question "what would i use to make a system of my own?". E.g. it talked about cramfs, jffs2 etc. but didn't quite address the issue of why i would choose one over the other and under which circumstances: e.g. a typical development system should use rootfs over NFS to allow for rapid iterative development and then switch to a flash based / sd-card based system for deployment (cramfs / jffs2 depending on the space constraint). A similar argument extends to uClibC vs. glibc etc.

Over the years, as I've gained experience with several embedded systems, the book's collection of all terms makes more sense, but more like an encyclopedia and a reference. I feel it still doesn't provide enough guidance on what would make a good embedded system: if i selected from the options presented, say cramfs on MIPS booting off sd-card, would i be tying locking myself into a hole? this information is better gained the hard way: looking at what platforms are already available and how active the support groups are for these.

Also, in the recent years, OpenEmbedded (OE) seems to have a strong developer push behind it. This book doesn't cover it at all.

I think the information in the book would be best complimented if the author paired the book material with a system that the readers could buy and build on their own as they read through the chapters. Yes, it would only be one specific selection from all options the book talks about, but I believe the process would be much more enlightening.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Howard on May 3, 2011
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I've been an embedded software engineer for years, but I haven't done all the different parts of a project. There's always someone else who does the bootloader, or writes a particular class of driver. When a coworker loaded my his copy of Building Embedded Linux Systems, I jumped at the chance to learn some of those areas where my experience did not reach. Within a few days I ordered my own copy and I'm in the middle of reading it. This book has just the right balance of high-level organization information with low-level, how to do it, details. Excellent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. on October 6, 2014
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There is some good information in here, and some valuable resources, but the writing style seems more like a novel to me than technical literature. There seems to be some gaps, and a lack of in depth knowledge. I did not get what I wanted out of this book, so I will be trying another author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill76065 on October 18, 2013
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This book is not for novices. You will need to be familiar with embedded systems and Linux previous to reading it, but once the prerequisites are met, this book serves as a great resource.
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