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Chapter 3. Selecting a Platform and Installing Tool Sets


Project Trailblazer commenced. The board of directors approved the project requirements and allocated funding. However, the engineers didn't know what hardware to choose, what software to use, what level of support would be needed, or even some of the performance requirements. They did know that embedded Linux would serve as the development platform because of its performance, reliability, open source, low cost, and support. They also know that Project Trailblazer's aggressive timeframe requires fast action. The engineers needed to choose a CPU architecture, off-the-shelf hardware, a kernel version, development tools, and a host development environment as soon as possible. There's a lot of work to do before the snow flies. In this chapter, we'll follow the engineers' progress in choosing and ordering hardware and building an embedded Linux workstation for multiprocessor development.

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