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LinuxDevices.com: Book Review: Craig Hollabaugh's Embedded Linux

Jun 03, 2002, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)

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"A system developer planning to use Linux for an embedded design is faced with a number of decisions, not the least of which is whether to use a packaged commercial Embedded Linux distribution or to devise a homebrew solution from the available free tools and components. The custom approach has much appeal because of its low cost and radical flexibility, allowing one to choose any approach or tool rather than those chosen by the toolkit vendor. But with this flexibility and low cost comes the chaotic documentation typical of Linux. Thus, books like Embedded Linux: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing, by Craig Hollabaugh, fill a significant void.

"As its subtitle suggests, Embedded Linux covers an ambitious amount of ground, and some may question whether its scope is sufficiently focused. The book dismisses cross-development platform construction, building and booting Linux, and debugging in one chapter each, leaving the bulk of the book to hardware interfacing and system integration. For proper coverage of each, these subjects could easily occupy one book each; one for cross-development environment setup and one for interfacing. Perhaps even a third book focused on embedded Linux system integration could be justified..."

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