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LinuxDevices: Building a Secure Kiosk with Embedded Linux

Apr 26, 2002, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Glennon)

"In looking at Linux for the CerfPod, the first thing we discovered was that Intrinsyc's Linux implementation is far from adequate for our needs. In addition to the glaring lack of a web browser, not many libraries were included. This would mean a fair amount of cross-compiling, testing, etc.

"I was already somewhat familiar with the Familiar project, which supports the StrongARM processor used on the CerfPod's internal CerfBoard SBC, so I decided to see if it could be made to work on the CerfPod. Obviously, Familiar is primarily geared towards the the hardware architecture of the iPAQ (especially in areas like ioctl, X server, touch screen, etc.). Luckily, the folks at Intrinsyc were also fans of Familiar, and provided me with an 'unsupported' kernel + jffs2 image of Familiar v.5 -- and despite the fact that it was "unsupported", we received phenomenal support from Intrinsyc when we had questions or problems with it..."

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