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0x6: Root file system for embedded system

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  9 min read

Table of contents Introduction Get and build BusyBox Fast and simple Setting up kernel through NFS Verify Configuration Embedded filesystem tuning Summary Introduction To make our embedded linux work as virtual development platform we need some environment after booting. There is many approaches to get working root file system but I will use the easiest one as an exercise. I don’t want to create full embedded distribution (this is good plan for future works)....

0x5: Qemu network configuration and tftp for Virtual Development Board

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  7 min read

Table of contents Introduction Setup tftpd QEMU networking Verify all components of Virtual Development Platform What next ? Introduction This was not trivial task to me. As usual google is your friend and RTFM works. First we will set tftp which we use to download modified kernel for U-Boot. Second I will show how to setup bridged network for QEMU needs and finally we will perform some basic test of our setup....

0x4: Linux kernel for embedded system

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

Table of contents A little history Get linux and build it Kudos A little history Thinking about embedded linux probably leads to first try of porting linux to different architecture. I did google research (I know I should probably read mailing list archive) and found that there were few attempt to port linux to different platform. There is no clear information about which port of linux was first....

0x3: Embedded board bootloader

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

Table of contents What is bootloader ? Why we need bootloader ? Which bootloader ? What is versatilepb ? Compilation Where to go from here ? Kudos What is bootloader ? It is a program written to bring up more complex code (eg. kernel). On very simple system it can even not exist. Bootloader should prepare all required hardware that kernel or different operating software will need at its start point....

0x2: Toolchain for Virtual Development Board

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  4 min read

Table of contents Introduction What is toolchain ? Why we need cross-toolchain ? How to create toolchain ? Emdebian path Summary Kudos Introduction This is probably the most complicated topic of all related to embedded development but we need to deal with it at the beginning. I read a lot about toolchains but still don’t know enough to explain details. I think that best answers are in crosstool-ng documentation....

0x1: Qemu as an environment for embedded board emulation

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  2 min read

Table of contents Introduction Compilation Kudos Introduction QEMU is a CPU emulator using dynamic binary translation to convert guest CPU instructions into host CPU instructions[1]. It supports many architectures from x86, through ARM and MIPS, to MicroBlaze. According to compilation configuration target list QEMU targets 26 different softmmu types. Only for ARM it supports 33 machines (like ARM Versatile/PB (ARM926EJ-S) or Samsung NURI board (Exynos4210)) and 28 CPUs (with cortex-a9 and pxa270)....

0x0: Intro to Virtual Development Board building

Published at June 7, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

Preface First question: How to start ? Virtual Development Board - table of contents Kudos Preface There are many reasons why ambitious programmers should care about huge rush in embedded market. IMO there is great potential in it. I don’t want to go deep into this but take a look at all tablets, phones, smart TVs and other cool stuff like wireless in you washing machine or refrigerator (ok this two are right now only a gadgets :) )....

Workflow imporovement with Open Source tools - part 1

Published at May 16, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  5 min read

Introduction I want to start a series of articles to describe how I improve my workflow with geeky Open Source applications. I will concentrate on terminal applications that I try to use in my GTD process. Terminal Solarized gnome-terminal If you already don’t know what solarized color scheme is then please take a look at this page. To install solarized colorscheme in gnome-terminal simply follow instruction from this git repository....

Thunderbird to Mutt migration - tips & tricks

Published at May 15, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

Preface I migrate with my working environment to laptop. My workstation going older and I don’t have time to maintain few systems to keep it clean and in sync. I probably have to improve my work flow but right now I have different problems. Few weeks ago after changing environment to mobile and powerful laptop I also changed OS to Ubuntu and mail client to Thunderbird. I have to admit that both choices were mistake and I want to came back to Debian and Mutt....

Yet another quick build of arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi

Published at April 3, 2013 · Piotr Król ·  3 min read

So I decide to check what is going on with crosstool-ng and refresh my old post about building arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi toolchain. Last post was pretty popular, so definitely this is direction I should follow :). I will not repeat myself, so if you encounter any problems please check last post, section with known problems in crosstool-ng doc/ directory or RTFM. Let’s begin: Get the latest crosstool-ng As usual I’m trying to use latest version possible....



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