Embedded Linux: Building a System from the Ground Up Training Course

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14 hours (usually 2 days including breaks)


  • Experience with Linux.


  • System engineers


Embedded Linux, with its low cost, ease of customization, and compatibility with many types of microprocessors has become the natural choice for powering a wide range of devices such as smart phones, tablets, set-top boxes and MP3 players.

In this instructor-led, live training participants will learn step-by-step how to build an embedded Linux system from the ground up. From building a minimalistic kernel to configuring the bootup and initialization processes, participants will learn the tools, techniques and mindset needed to deploy a fully functional embedded Linux system.

For remote trainings, QEMU will be used to emulate the hardware. Other platforms, including real hardware devices, can be considered on a case by case basis.

Format of the Course

  • Part lecture, part discussion, heavy emphasis on hands-on implementation

Course Outline


  • Essential elements of an embedded Linux system

Preparing Your Cross-Compilation Toolchain

Understanding the Boot Process

Configuring, Compiling and Booting the Kernel

Accessing Your Hardware Using JTAG

Compiling BusyBox

Building and Modifying a Root File System

Overview of Available Init Systems

Writing Systemd Service Files

Installing Applications for Additional Functionality

Setting up Networking

Updating the U-Boot Boot-Loader

Tools and Workflows for Modifying, Testing and Debugging Your Linux Embedded System

Summary and Conclusion



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