In this article from Linux Journal, Andreu Moreno and Agusté Fontquerni chronicle their success in switching a student lab on industrial embedded system development from VxWorks to Linux. The authors created a customized embedded Linux distribution starting from Red Hat 6.2, with the addition of a range of open source software components and tools such as Busybox, TinyLogin, Etherboot, Boa, etc. . . .
“The recent introduction of Linux into the embedded sector has been one of the most exciting changes in the last few years. Based on the open-source model, it offers new possibilities to embedded engineers traditionally used to commercial operating systems. At our university, EUSS, we train students to develop embedded products. Until last year, our lectures and lab sessions were based on a commercial real-time operating system. Now we use Linux, and this fact has opened our minds and given us possibilities for a future evolution . . .”
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