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Comprehensive Real-World Guidance for Every Embedded Developer and Engineer

This book brings together indispensable knowledge for building efficient, high-value, Linux-based embedded products: information that has never been assembled in one place before. Drawing on years of experience as an embedded Linux consultant and field application engineer, Christopher Hallinan offers solutions for the specific technical issues you’re most likely to face, demonstrates how to build an effective embedded Linux environment, and shows how to use it as productively as possible.


Hallinan begins by touring a typical Linux-based embedded system, introducing key concepts and components, and calling attention to differences between Linux and traditional embedded environments. Writing from the embedded developer’s viewpoint, he thoroughly addresses issues ranging from kernel building and initialization to bootloaders, device drivers to file systems.


Hallinan thoroughly covers the increasingly popular BusyBox utilities; presents a step-by-step walkthrough of porting Linux to custom boards; and introduces real-time configuration via CONFIG_RT--one of today’s most exciting developments in embedded Linux. You’ll find especially detailed coverage of using development tools to analyze and debug embedded systems--including the art of kernel debugging.


  • Compare leading embedded Linux processors
  • Understand the details of the Linux kernel initialization process
  • Learn about the special role of bootloaders in embedded Linux systems, with specific emphasis on U-Boot
  • Use embedded Linux file systems, including JFFS2--with detailed guidelines for building Flash-resident file system images
  • Understand the Memory Technology Devices subsystem for flash (and other) memory devices
  • Master gdb, KGDB, and hardware JTAG debugging
  • Learn many tips and techniques for debugging within the Linux kernel
  • Maximize your productivity in cross-development environments
  • Prepare your entire development environment, including TFTP, DHCP, and NFS target servers
  • Configure, build, and initialize BusyBox to support your unique requirements


About the Author

Christopher Hallinan, field applications engineer at MontaVista software, has worked for more than 20 years in assignments ranging from engineering and engineering management to marketing and business development. He spent four years as an independent development consultant in the embedded Linux marketplace. His work has appeared in magazines, including Telecommunications Magazine, Fiber Optics Magazine, and Aviation Digest.



Book News Annotation:

This handbook introduces software developers and engineers to the use of the Linux operating system in embedded systems. It is intended for programmers with a working knowledge of programming in C. Early chapters provide an overview of some of the more popular processors and platforms and examine the Linux kernel build system. Other topics include (for example) device drivers, file systems, the BusyBox utility, kernel debugging techniques, and real-time features. Hallinan (MontaVista Software) spent four years as an independent embedded Linux consultant. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Christopher Hallinan is currently field applications engineer for Monta Vista Software, living and working in Massachusetts. Chris has spent more than 25 years in the networking and communications marketplace mostly in various product development roles, where he developed a strong background in the space where hardware meets software. Prior to joining Monta Vista, Chris spent four years as an independent Linux consultant providing custom Linux board ports, device drivers, and bootloaders. Chris’s 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxvii

About the Author xxix


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Your First Embedded Experience

Chapter 3 Processor Basics

Chapter 4 The Linux Kernel A Different Perspective

Chapter 5 Kernel Initialization

Chapter 6 System Initialization

Chapter 7 Bootloaders

Chapter 8 Device Driver Basics

Chapter 9 File Systems

Chapter 10 MTD Subsystem

Chapter 11 BusyBox

Chapter 12 Embedded Development Environment

Chapter 13 Development Tools

Chapter 14 Kernel Debugging Techniques

Chapter 15 Debugging Embedded Linux Applications

Chapter 16 Porting Linux

Chapter 17 Linux and Real Time


Appendix A: GNU Public License

Appendix B: U-Boot Configurable Commands

Appendix C: BusyBox Commands

Appendix D: SDRAM Interface Considerations

Appendix E: Open Source Resources

Appendix F: Sample BDI-2000 Configuration File



Product Details

A Practical Real-World Approach
Prentice Hall PTR
Hallinan, Christopher
Operating systems (computers)
Operating Systems - LINUX
Embedded computer systems
Embedded computer systems -- Programming.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development Series
Publication Date:
September 2006
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.2 x 7 x 1.178 in 880 gr

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