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Embedded Linux by John Lombardo

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Stripping Distributions Versus Building Your Own

The simplest way to build an embedded Linux application is to start with a copy of your favorite commercial Linux distribution that works with your chosen CPU—for example, Red Hat, SuSE, or Debian. Install it onto a hard drive, get it set up so your application starts as part of the initialization process, and call it “done.” This can be accomplished in less than a day. If your hardware has the memory and storage space available, this isn’t a bad way to go. You lose a lot of control over exactly what goes on in the box, and the result is possibly less robust and secure than a “from scratch” approach, but this might be a tradeoff that you’re willing to make for the time saved. This approach can ...

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