O'Reilly logo

Exploring Raspberry Pi by Derek Molloy

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 3Exploring Embedded Linux Systems

This chapter exposes you to the core concepts, commands, and tools required to effectively manage the Raspberry Pi embedded Linux system. The first part of the chapter is descriptive; it explains the basics of embedded Linux and the Linux boot process. After that, you learn step by step how to manage Linux systems. For this exercise, you are strongly encouraged to open a terminal connection to your Raspberry Pi or a terminal window on the Raspberry Pi and follow along. Next, the chapter describes the Git source code management system. This topic is an important one because the source code examples in this book are distributed via GitHub. Desktop virtualization is also described; it is useful for cross-platform development in later chapters. The chapter finishes by describing how you can download the source code examples for this book.

Equipment Required for This Chapter:
  • Any Raspberry Pi model with a terminal connection (see Chapter 2, “Raspberry Pi Software”) or a terminal window, preferably running Raspbian

Further details on this chapter are available at www.exploringrpi.com/chapter3/.

Introducing Embedded Linux

First things first: Even though the term embedded Linux is used in this chapter's title, there is no such thing as embedded Linux! There is no special version of the Linux kernel for embedded systems; it is just the mainline Linux kernel running on an embedded system. That said, the term embedded Linux has broad and common ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required