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Embedded Linux by John Lombardo

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A Bit of History

My first “embedded” Linux application, called ShareTheNet, was not originally distributed as hardware. It’s a software product that a lot of people around the world use to connect their homes and businesses to the Internet. The original idea was to enable a Windows-literate user to build a Linux-based IP masquerading router with very little effort. I got the idea after spending a week of evenings setting up IP masquerading for my home network. After spending hours getting things like DNS, DHCP, and dial-on-demand working, I realized that the typical Windows user would have little hope of getting a Linux IP masquerading box up and running. So I decided to make it easy for them and built ShareTheNet.

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