Linux for Embedded and Real Time System Developers — A 5 day course

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Real-time system developers intending to deploy Linux in embedded solutions often face a double learning hurdle -- they must find their way around Linux itself before they can design embedded systems around it. This course addresses the first of these issues by giving you a strong technical appreciation of linux.

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the Linux operating system. Emphasis is on interaction with Linux at the command line rather than using graphical user interfaces. Exercises make use of a PC running SUSE Linux and an embedded ARM9 based system running a standard Linux Kernel. The course covers key topics essential to understanding Linux such as logging on, Linux file systems, TCP/IP networking, user accounts and security, the Linux boot process (and how to configure it), terminals and serial ports, and basic shell programming. The course also covers many standard Unix commands and utilites, including the vi editor.


You'll learn fundamentals such as user accounts, Unix permissions and access control. You'll gain confidence in finding your way around Linux system installations using standard Linux commands.

You'll become familiar with the vi editor and be able to use it proficiently to create and modify files. You'll learn, in detail, how Linux boots, both on PCs (GRUB, LILO) and on embedded systems (U-Boot) and you'll be able to control, configure and debug the boot process.

You'll work faster, through familiarity with standard Unix tool and utilities (including the BusyBox toolset on the ARM 9 target system).

You'll learn how to set up and configure disk based, in memory, and flash file systems.

You'll gain the skills needed to configure ethernet and serial communications ports and TCP/IP networking. And you'll learn how to use package managers (both RPM and APT) to install software.



Working with the command line and the shell

Managing directories and files

Using the vi text editor

Understanding and viewing processes

Managing the network configuration

Managing user access and security

Seting up a linux file system

System initialisation

Managing linux processes and services

Connecting a system to the network


Attendees should have experience of application development/programming in a high level language (e.g. Basic, C, Pascal, C++) in a PC/Workstation environment running either Microsoft Windows or Unix.