This chapter gave us a brief background of eCos and the company behind it. We looked at the compile-time or source-level configuration eCos uses and the advantages it brings to embedded applications. Next, we examined the different mailing lists available for getting support with eCos.
Finally, we went through the eCos terminology used in this book and eCos documentation, which gives us a baseline of the elements that compose the eCos system. We are now ready to take an in-depth look at the eCos system, the software components available, and how we use eCos.