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Building a custom embedded Linux distribution with the Yocto Project

The month of February has been a hectic one in terms of embedded activities in the industry, especially with two major conferences – the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) in San Francisco and Embedded World in Nuremberg, happening within days of each other. The Mentor Embedded marketing team has been on its toes supporting these. Now that the conferences are behind us, reflecting upon them, I am sure my colleagues would agree that the effort we put into it was well worth it.

It would be grossly unfair if I did not acknowledge the effort of our engineering teams as well – both by patiently listening to our ever changing demands (hey, we are in marketing!) and by volunteering knowledgeable, industry recognized speakers to these events. In case you missed the Embedded Linux Conference in San Francisco, I’d highly recommend you checkout my colleague Sean Hudson’s presentation on building a custom embedded Linux distribution using the Yocto Project. Sean is an Embedded Linux Architect at Mentor Embedded. He represents Mentor Graphics on the Yocto Project Advisory Board and is also a member of the OpenEmbedded board.

In this talk, Sean provides an overview of the pieces of the Yocto Project including the structure of the build tree, explains concepts such as layers, recipes, bbappends, packages etc. and finally brings it all together in a how-to section with an example of using the tools discussed to track down busybox. If you are starting out with using the Yocto Project, I am sure you will find this talk useful.

busybox, Mentor Embedded, bbappends, recipes, Yocto embedded Linux ELC OpenEmbedded

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Anil KhannaI am part of the marketing organization in the Embedded Software Division here at Mentor. Before this I spent 10 years marketing Mentor's hardware design products, specifically in the RTL and high-level synthesis domains. Moving from addressing the requirements of hardware designers to those of software designers has been quite the change. Throw in open-source and you have a heady mix - which keeps me on my toes! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading a good book or the occasional round of golf (in the few hours of sunshine we get in Portland!). I hope you find my thoughts interesting and look forward to your comments. Visit Embedded Blog

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