Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto Project

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 5/6/2016
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Build Complete Embedded Linux Systems Quickly and Reliably

Developers are increasingly integrating Linux into their embedded systems: It supports virtually all hardware architectures and many peripherals, scales well, offers full source code, and requires no royalties. The Yocto Project makes it much easier to customize Linux for embedded systems. If you’re a developer with working knowledge of Linux, Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto Project™ will help you make the most of it.

An indispensable companion to the official documentation, this guide starts by offering a solid grounding in the embedded Linux landscape and the challenges of creating custom distributions for embedded systems. You’ll master the Yocto Project’s toolbox hands-on, by working through the entire development lifecycle with a variety of real-life examples that you can incorporate into your own projects.

Author Rudolf Streif offers deep insight into Yocto Project’s build system and engine, and addresses advanced topics ranging from board support to compliance management.

You’ll learn how to

  • Overcome key challenges of creating custom embedded distributions
  • Jumpstart and iterate OS stack builds with the OpenEmbedded Build System
  • Master build workflow, architecture, and the BitBake Build Engine
  • Quickly troubleshoot build problems
  • Customize new distros with built-in blueprints or from scratch
  • Use BitBake recipes to create new software packages
  • Build kernels, set configurations, and apply patches
  • Support diverse CPU architectures and systems
  • Create Board Support Packages (BSP) for hardware-specific adaptations
  • Provide Application Development Toolkits (ADT) for round-trip development
  • Remotely run and debug applications on actual hardware targets
  • Ensure open-source license compliance
  • Scale team-based projects with Toaster, Build History, Source Mirrors, and Autobuilder 

Author Biography

Rudolf Streif has over 20 years of experience in software engineering as a developer as well as a manager leading cross-functional engineering teams with over 100 members. He previously served as the Linux Foundation's Director of Embedded Solutions coordinating the Foundation's efforts for Linux in embedded. Rudolf developed the Linux Foundation's training course on the Yocto Project which he delivered multiple times to companies and in a crash course variant during Linux Foundation events. He lives in El Cajon, California.

Table of Contents


1. Getting Started
2. Introduction to the Yocto Project
3. The Poky Build System
4. The Bitbake Task Executor
5. The Build Environment
6. Enough Theory Our Distributed Home Automation Project
7. Building Linux for Different Hardware Architectures
8. Troubleshooting
9. Customizing Linux Images
10. Metadata Layers
11. Kernel Recipes
12. Board Support Packages
13. Building Your Own Packages
14. Application Development Toolkit (ADT)
15. Open-source Licensing and Compliance

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