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Mastering Embedded Linux Programming by Chris Simmonds

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Chapter 1. Starting Out

You are about to begin working on your next project, and this time it is going to be running Linux. What should you think about before you put finger to keyboard? Let's begin with a high-level look at embedded Linux and see why it is popular, what are the implications of open source licenses, and what kind of hardware you will need to run Linux.

Linux first became a viable choice for embedded devices around 1999. That was when Axis (www.axis.com) released their first Linux-powered network camera and TiVo (www.tivo.com) their first DVR (Digital Video Recorder). Since 1999, Linux has become ever more popular, to the point that today it is the operating system of choice for many classes of product. At the time of writing, ...

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