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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Linux
  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430272279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430272274
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gene Sally has been working with computers ever since his awkward teenage years. For the past eight or so years, Gene has been employed as an engineer, technical writer, trainer and expert tinkerer with Linux in an embedded environment.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ira Laefsky VINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This excellent Developer's Guide to Embedded Linux Systems Development has several features to recommend it, among the sparse other choices for this important topic. It is extremely up to date, takes a broad and pedagogically sound view of the Embedded Linux Environment and takes the extra step to advise on choice of a board and development environment (how to make the choice, a piece of information that won't easily go stale) and in describing the entire Embedded Systems Development Process. It describes hot to select a board and the accompanying development environment, what to do when you get your board and how to make it boot, how to develop a Customized (to your development style and application/hardware environment) Linux Environment (Development Version and Deliverable to the Consumer), how to debug applications,the nature of hard and soft Real-Time requirements, system tuning, and how to handle field updates to the software. A vitally important chapter that should be included in every Embedded Systems development book (not just Linux), but that as far as I know is included in no other book, Chapter 17 on Deploying Applications talks about all of the issues in creating an "Embedded First-Class Final Product". The issues discussed in this vital section include not only a final hardware and software deliverable, but "Systems Integration" with issues of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing design as well as the expected (by Software Professionals) issues of Deployable Boot Loaders and File Systems.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rostek on March 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I came to embedded Linux about a year ago. The first books I've got are from Yaghmour and Hallinan.
They are great but it doesn't mean Sally's book is superfluous. What I like in this book is
the project style to master your first embedded Linux project. The sequence and depth of its
chapters are very well done. I find it the natural way to learn these topics.

In the beginning Sally points out in detail the advantage to look for an evaluation board
with a well supported Linux running on it. From there you can explore what needs to be
adapted. Be aware that this makes a big difference and avoids some of the numerous pitfalls
along the way.

Next the different Linux distributions and available toolchains are discussed. The level of
detail is beyond any of the other books. Very helpful in praxis.

The other chapters show you the way to go. These are well done as well. Other books go
into more details sometimes. But you should not limit yourself to select only one book
for this area. They are all worth their money.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neil G. Matthews on February 27, 2010
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Linux may be well known for its use on servers and desktops, but it can't be beaten for sheer numbers in embedded devices, with about 20% of the 2 billion annual embedded device market using Linux. With 18 chapters and 430 pages including an adequate 25 page index, Pro Linux Embedded Systems covers the process of developing and supporting a customised Linux build for an embedded device through the full product life-cycle. While the book is invaluable in providing a guide for those involved in building and configuring Linux for embedded project development, anyone interested in how to develop their own customised Linux build will also find it educational, particularly if their project involves lower powered hardware than the typical modern desktop. Given the advances in Linux embedded development, this recently published book (Dec 2009) is also more up to date than many other books covering this topic.

Coverage of embedded development per chapter is as follows:

1 About Embedded Linux
2 Configuring the Software Environment
3 Target Emulation and Virtual Machines
4 Starting Your Project
- includes a very good section on applying patches
5 Getting Linux for Your Board
- covers the pros and cons of the different options for obtaining the appropriate Linux source for your embedded system plus licensing issues, in particular, to what extent GPL covers the development compiler and toolchain. Also included is a very good set of questions for your prospective board vendors.
6 Creating a Linux Distribution from Scratch
- how Linux boots and the kernel starts up
7 Booting the Board
- excellent description of the Linux boot process and how to optimise size and speed for an embedded system.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Video User on March 3, 2011
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The book has so many errors that it is practically useless. It is probably oriented towards those that skim through the book to get a general idea without actually trying to type in the stuff that is there.

For starters, the chapter 6 averages 2-3 errors per page! Environment variables that are not set are being used in the code. There is a mess up with paths and more. Plus, the author uses incompatible versions of 'binutils' and 'glibc' and moves forward like everything is building fine. It is not! The configuration script that is to be run before the build tells they are not compatible and exits with error. tip: reading the configuration script will tell you which versions should be used. Moreover, the selected GCC (that is what is being built) version has a documented bug to circumvent which additional steps needed to be performed for the build. Again, there is no mention of it, only pretending that everything builds fine.

I found the right place for this book - in my garbage can.
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