IN THIS CHAPTER
This book presents a number of embedded Linux topics for use in automation projects. Chapter 2, "System Architecture," introduces you to Project Trailblazer and sets the direction for the book's technical content. Chapters 3, "Selecting a Platform and Installing Tool Sets," 4, "Booting Linux," and 5, "Debugging," help you to build a development workstation, the GNU toolchain, and a cross-platform remote debugging environment. The remaining chapters show you how to interface various hardware field devices to the Project Trailblazer target boards, using Linux for data acquisition and control. All this information forms a foundation for embedded Linux that you can use in your own designs.
This chapter briefly discusses GUI development, real-time capabilities, and embedded Linux vendor offerings. These topics were not used in Project Trailblazer but might be important for your design. The chapter concludes with a discussion that summarizes the performance of the Project Trailblazer hardware.