LinuxDevices.com: RedBoot -- an open source boot/debug environment (whitepaper)
Oct 21, 2000, 02:09 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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."