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Linux: Embedded Development by Chris Simmonds, Alex González, Alexandru Vaduva

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Comparing various bootloaders

As we read earlier, a number of bootloaders are available for embedded systems. The ones that will be presented here are as follows:

  • U-Boot: This is also called the Universal Bootloader and is available mostly for PowerPC and ARM architectures for embedded Linux systems
  • Barebox: This was initially known as U-Boot v2 and was started in 2007 with the scope to solve the limitations of U-Boot; it changed its name over time because the design goals and community changed
  • RedBoot: This is a RedHat bootloader derived from eCos, an open-source real-time operating system that is portable and devised for embedded systems
  • rrload: This is a bootloader for ARM and is based on embedded Linux systems
  • PPCBOOT: This is a bootloader for ...

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