Chapter 1. About Embedded Linux

Linux is an incredible piece of software. It's an operating system that's just as at home running on IBM's zSeries supercomputers as it is on a cell phone, manufacturing device, network switch, or even cow milking machine. What's more incredible is that this software is currently maintained by thousands of the best software engineers and it is available for free.

Linux didn't start as an embedded operating system. Linux was created by a Finnish university student (Linus Torvalds) who was smart enough to make his work available to all, take input from others and, most important, delegate to other talented engineers. As the project grew, it attracted other talented engineers who were able to contribute to Linux, increasing ...

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