- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (November 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780137017836
- ISBN-13: 978-0137017836
- ASIN: 0137017839
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Up-to-the-Minute, Complete Guidance for Developing Embedded Solutions with Linux Linux has outstripped all competitors as today's #1 operating system for embedded products. Christopher Hallinan's "Embedded Linux Primer" has proven itself as the definitive real-world guide to building efficient, high-value, embedded systems with Linux. Now, Hallinan has thoroughly updated this highly praised book for the newest Linux kernels, capabilities, tools, and hardware support, including advanced multicore processors. Drawing on years of experience as a consultant and field application engineer, Hallinan helps you rapidly climb the learning curve, whether you're moving from legacy environments or you're new to embedded programming. Hallinan addresses today's most important development challenges, and demonstrates how to solve the problems you're most likely to encounter. You'll learn how to build a modern, efficient embedded Linux development environment, and then utilize it as productively as possible. Hallinan offers up-to-date guidance on everything from kernel configuration and initialization to bootloaders, device drivers to file systems, and BusyBox utilities to real-time configuration and system analysis. This edition adds entirely new chapters on UDEV, USB, and open source build systems. Throughout, Hallinan presents extensive downloadable code examples-all assembled from operational hardware running the latest versions of embedded Linux. - Tour the typical embedded system and development environment, and understand its concepts and components. - Compare the standalone and integrated processors that Linux now supports. - Understand the Linux kernel and userspace initialization processes. - Walk through bootloading, with specific emphasis on Das U-Boot, the most popular Linux bootloader for embedded systems. - Understand Linux device driver concepts, architecture, and licensing, and the role device drivers play in virtual memory operating systems. - Choose the right Linux file system for your application. - Use the Memory Technology Devices (MTD) subsystem to interface with flash (and other) memory devices. - Make the most of BusyBox, the Linux embedded development environment, and the latest open source development tools. - Expanded and updated coverage of kernel debugging. - Build and analyze real-time systems with Linux. - Learn to configure device files and driver loading with UDEV. - Detailed coverage of the USB subsystem - Introduction to the latest open source embedded Linux build systems in use today - "Reference appendices include U-Boot and BusyBox commands, SDRAM interface considerations, sample BDI-2000 configuration file, and more."
About the Author
Christopher Hallinan is a technical marketing engineer for the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics, living and working in Florida. He has spent more than 25 years in the networking and communications industry, mostly in various product development, management, and marketing roles, where he developed a strong background in the space where hardware meets software. Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, he spent nearly seven years as a field applications engineer for Monta Vista Software. Before that, Hallinan spent four years as an independent Linux consultant, providing custom Linux board ports, device drivers, and bootloaders. His introduction to the open source community was through contributions to the popular U-Boot bootloader. When not messing about with Linux, he is often found singing and playing a Taylor or Martin.
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My only suggestion (which shouldn't affect the 5-star review given to the book): please cover more details community-based embedded linux systems such as BeagleBoard/BeagleBone and Raspberry-Pi. Curious readers, especially hobbyists and students, could then practice what said in the book directly using these affordable embedded devices. I think this make this a 6-star book to learn embedded linux.
The book provides a very good presentation style in chapter organisation and sub structure. Abstract, logical coherent walkthough a theme, summary, reference for further reading. The coverage of the general topics of embedded linux development is given so any entering developer gets a good overview whats ahead of him. Language is balanced relaxed and entertaining without being distracting. Even as a non native english person I enjoyed the reading.
some reviewers complained about missing details and how tos. This book is not a how to build a particular system solution nor provides it details down to a working solution on any aspect under regard. Why should it? Details down to source code is provided in any thinkable form in the internet. All this distributed knowledge lacks of coherence and evaluation. This is where the Primer comes in. It provides what cannot be found easily in a consumable form. Overview, Impression of complexity and probable solution pathways.
reference for those who seek knowledge rather than solutions.
very useful in the field and this has saved me at work a bunch of times.
Although it does gloss over the implementation details its a nice guide for anyone that wants to port Linux to an specific board and needs to know the basics about build a kernel, drivers and user space apps and nice tips to maneuver around hardware limitations along the way, but it comes a bit short on the more harry details, good starting point though.
my background: I develop in C++ and objective-c, but I have very little experience with Linux in general, and basically no experience with any embedded system.
The book is easy to follow; has good info about how the system works, and overall is a good guide to start moving the first steps into the embedded world. It is the first of it's kind that I read, so I do not know what others would expect; to me it does what it says: it is a primer for embedded systems using linux, and it is more than what I was hoping for so far.