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== Configuration and Build systems ==
== Configuration and Build systems ==
* [[Open Embedded]] - System for building full embedded images from scratch
See [[Build Systems]]
* [http://www.buildroot.net buildroot]
** Buildroot is a set of Makefiles and patches that makes it easy generate a cross-compilation toolchain and root filesystem for your target Linux system using the uClibc C library.
* [http://www.pengutronix.de/software/ptxdist/index_en.html PTXdist]
** Kconfig based build system developed by [http://www.pengutronix.de/index_en.html Pengutronix]
** GPL licensed
** [http://free-electrons.com/pub/video/2009/fosdem/fosdem2009-schwebel-ptxdist.ogv Video] of a talk given by PTXdist maintainer Robert Schwebel at [http://www.fosdem.org FOSDEM 2009]
* [http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ Linux From Scratch]
* LTIB - Linux Target Image Builder (by Stuart Hughes of FreeScale) - see http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/ltib
** [http://www.bitshrine.org/celf_ltib_bof_v1.2.pdf Slides] and [http://free-electrons.com/pub/video/2008/ols/ols2008-stuart-hughes-ltib.ogg video] of a talk on LTIB at the Ottawa Linux Symposium 2008
* [[OpenBricks]] - Embedded Linux Framework
** OpenBricks provides a set of packages, patches and shell-based rules that creates a toolchain and a rootfs with customized packages and features selection.
** Currently supports x86_32, x86_64, PowerPC, PowerPC64 and ARM architectures with either uClibc, Glibc or eGlibc C library.
* [http://www.mvista.com/download/fetchdoc.php?docid=342 Building Embedded Userlands] - Presentation by Ned Miljevic & Klaas van Gend at the ELC 2008 which compares different configuration and build systems. [http://free-electrons.com/pub/video/2008/elce/elce2008-miljevic-van-gend-embedded-userlands.ogv Video] of the conference available.
* [[Scratchbox]] Cross-Compilation Toolkit, with support for x86 and arm.
See also [[Toolchains]]
See also [[Toolchains]]

Revision as of 16:22, 11 April 2011


Besides the Linux kernel, one of the advantage of embedded Linux is the ability to leverage hundreds if not thousands of existing free and open source packages to easily and quickly add new features to devices. These packages range from graphical libraries, multimedia libraries, network libraries, cryptographic libraries, network servers, infrastructure software and more. However, integrating all these components together requires a relatively deep knowledge of the components. Hence, embedded-specific distributions and build systems have been created to ease this process.

Vendor distros


  • Android
  • Maemo (deprecated - see Meego)
  • Meego
  • Moblin (deprecated - see Meego)
  • OpenMoko
  • Access Linux Platform
  • LIMO

Other distros

Special purpose embedded Linux distributions

Configuration and Build systems

See Build Systems

See also Toolchains

Obsolete things

Further reading