"I first heard about Embedded Linux last summer at an
embedded Internet workshop. I was standing near the Embedded Linux
Consortium's exhibit area, when John Lombardo introduced himself to
me and asked if I had any suggestions for small off-the-shelf x86
systems that could be used as the basis of a Linux-based home
router appliance he was developing. After I showed him a small box
at Lineo's booth and told him about some set-top-box platforms made
by GCT-Allwell, he explained that he was working on the world's
first book about Embedded Linux, and that it was slated to be
published in July, 2001. "Great idea!" I exclaimed.
Well here we are, twelve months later, and Lombardo's Embedded
Linux (ISBN: 073570998X; published by New Riders) is real! In
contrast to the inevitable lateness of software releases,
Lombardo's book seems to have hit the shelves of bookstores right
on schedule. As far as I know, it's the first -- and, at the time
of this writing, the only -- book published on this timely subject,
thrusting it very much into the spotlight and making it a "must
read" for all developers (and many others) interested in exploring
the subject of embedding Linux.
Embedded Linux covers a lot of territory. There are four main
sections, on software, hardware, application development, and
supplementary references, which are further organized into ten
chapters and four appendices."