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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 3rd edition edition (15 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124159966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124159969
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug Abbott has well over 30 years' experience in various aspects of computing hardware and software design with an emphasis on applications in data acquisition and instrumentation. For the past 20 years he has been an independent consultant specializing in software design at the operating system level.

About ten years ago, Doug got intrigued by the open source phenomenon and decided to jump on the Linux bandwagon. Smart move! He now teaches seminars on Linux in the embedded space.

Doug currently hangs out in Silver City, NM, a funky little town in the southwest corner of the state right next to the Gila National Forest and Wilderness. He has a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Doug Abbott is a consultant with over thirty years' experience, specializing in hardware and software for industrial and scientific data acquisition and embedded product applications. Doug is also a popular instructor and seminar leader, who teaches classes in PC technology and real-time programming for University of California Berkeley Extension. He has taught the techniques of real-time programming and multi-tasking operating systems to hundreds of professional engineers.

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A very poorly formatted text, in the Kindle version. It's a challenge to read code snippets that were embedded into the running text. I expected a better performance from such a reputable publisher as Elsevier seems to be.

The contents are great. Many thanks to the author. Online materials are very good too but those are difficult to find on the publisher website because it has a rather unintuitive user interface.
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All round a very useful book. Any purchaser should be aware that the book is closely tied in with the Friendly Arm Mini2440 board. This was not too easy or cheap to obtain. Avoid the Far Eastern distributors. In the end my board was sourced by ArmAndHammer in the US. They gave exceptional service. The board was about US$100 and postage by international courier was half that again. You do get a lot of board and LCD display for your money though. Once you have the board, following the book as a tutorial seems very straight-forward.
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Kindle Edition formatting is pathetic 3 Jun 2013
By E Larson - Published on
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The shell commands included in the text are horribly formatted. For someone not extremely versed in how Linux shell commands work this would be impossible to follow. For example:

cp /media/"UDF Volume"

Where 2 is actually a footnote. The text should read as follows:

cp /media/"UDF Volume"/arm-linux-gcc-4.3.2.tgz .

That space before the final . is just a bit important. I shouldn't have to buy the dead-tree version (assuming it is correct there) to get accurate information. If you publish technical books, try editing the Kindle version before you publish it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best On Embedded Linux 23 Dec 2012
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I rank Doug's book as one of the best on the topic of Embedded Linux development. It is nice to see this book updated as the last edition had become very stale (with respect to available tools). This book brings the topic up-to-date for those new to embedded Linux development (as I am). You should be aware that this book is best read with The E.L.L.K. (Search your favorite search engine for "Intellimetrix ELLK") or the FriedlyARM board found at andahammer (Again Search for "AndAHammer ARM"), or even Doug's courses offered at GoGo Training/San Diego State online courses where you even get a discount for the E.L.L.K through GoGo Training). Granted the preceding references are expensive for the hobbiest (as I am) they are so worth while I put my money where my mouth is and subscribe to Doug's courses on GoGo Training). Back to the book, there are introductions to software (installing Linux, Eclipse), hardware (the book is best used with the FriendlyARM board, but you can extrapolate), the development environment using Eclipse, debugging using GNU's GDB via the network, and device drivers both using the /proc virtual directory, and as a "real" software driver, kernel configuration, busybox, and more. If you re seeking and introduction to Embedded Linux using a specific set of instructions with examples, this is the book I found most useful. For a more general introduction into the topic, you may also want to consider Embedded Linux Primer: A Practical Real-World Approach (2nd Edition). Christopher's book goes hand-in-hand with Doug's book (IMHO) by pealing the onion one more layer. Both books, however, are not in-depth enough to make you an expert, but I've found that I am well on my way to experimenting and learning the subject. Your mileage may vary :)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nicely written, but missing online content 22 Dec 2012
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I just bought this book and I'm about a third of the way through it so far. I really like the author's writing style. A lot of technical books are formal and dry, but this book is casual and easy to read. The book goes through the normally painful process of setting up your development environment in great detail, which I greatly appreciate because I've tried setting up cross-chain development environments on my own and haven't had much luck. The book is a little vague in some parts, choosing to focus on the "how" rather than the "why." For instance, the book literally only has a single sentence on journaling file systems, mentioning that they tolerate power loss without corrupting the file system.

The reason I'm posting a review so early is because the chapter I'm on (chapter 5, page 72) wants you to go to the book's website to download some files, but the website only says "Online content is coming soon." So, until the author updates the website, I'm stuck! Hopefully the author fixes this soon...
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the kindle version is terrible formatted. 9 Oct 2014
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if you want this book for some reason,buy the printed version.
The book is about an specific target board (mini2440) and miss the embedded Linux general topics (discard everything about protected memory on modern ARM boards). A good title but the realtime applications are not real present in the book (just a general brief). Notable how the Author doesn't like Windows at all and focus the book on Fedora Linux desktop in a notable percent of the book.
Pretty good 10 Jan 2014
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Interesting insights, nothing too fancy. Good basic explanations of core concepts in embedded linux and embedded computer architecture. Worth a read if you don't know much about this stuff.
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