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LinuxDevices.com: RedBoot -- an open source boot/debug environment (whitepaper)

Oct 21, 2000, 02:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Beskeen)

"RedBoot is a new embedded system debug/bootstrap environment from Red Hat. It is designed to replace the existing debug/boot tools CygMon and GDB stubs. It provides a complete bootstrap environment, including network downloading and debugging. It also provides a simple flash file system for boot images."

"RedBoot" may be thought of as an acronym for "Red Hat Embedded Debug and Boot strap". RedBoot provides a wide set of tools for downloading and executing programs on embedded target systems, as well as tools for manipulating the target system's environment. It can be used for both product development (debug support) and for end product deployment (Flash and network booting). It is based on the eCos hardware abstraction layer (HAL)."

"Within the embedded industry, there exists no standard architecture or implementation for bootstrapping embedded computers. Because RedBoot is based on eCos, which is capable of running on many architectures, and because its debugging support is based on gdb, RedBoot can become a common embedded standard. Thus, RedBoot can provide a common basis for bootstrapping Embedded Linux, eCos, and many other operating systems."

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