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LinuxDevices.com: Report from the 2nd Embedded Linux Expo & Conference

Nov 05, 2000, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

"I suspect it will come as no surprise that the second Embedded Linux Expo & Conference (ELEC), held October 27, 2000 in Westborough, MA (near Boston), was another great success! As in the case of last June's ELEC, the event was well attended from both the attendee and exhibitor perspective, and the day was permeated by a clear sense that Embedded Linux is truly "a market on fire."

"This time, there was an additional day -- the day prior to the one-day Conference & Expo -- devoted to an all-day classroom-style Embedded Linux hands-on workshop. The session was conducted by Kevin Dankwardt of K Computing, a training and consulting firm. I had the pleasure of attending that session, and can heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about embedding Linux."

"There were about 25 participants and we worked in groups of two to a lab bench. Get this: our project for the day was, working in teams of two, to convert the PC on each of our lab stations into a remotely controlled "headless" (i.e. no graphics output) embedded mp3 player. Basically, in the course of the day, we started from Red Hat Linux 6.2 sources and built a minimized kernel (starting from menuconfig) and filesystem, created and tested a system image, compressed and transferred the system image to a floppy diskette, booted from the floppy, and tested the resulting standalone mp3 player. Incidentally, we used BusyBox for embedded utilities, syslinux to load Linux, and GoAhead as the embedded webserver."

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