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

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Summary

One of the strengths of Linux is that it can support a wide range of root filesystems which allow it to be tailored to suit a wide range of needs. We have seen that it is possible to construct a simple root filesystem manually with a small number of components, and that BusyBox is especially useful in this regard. By going through the process one step at a time, it has given us insight into some of the basic workings of Linux systems, including network configuration and user accounts. However, the task rapidly becomes unmanageable as devices get more complex. And, there is the ever-present worry that there may be a security hole in the implementation which we have not noticed. In the next chapter, we will look at using embedded build systems ...

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