Introduction to Embedded Linux in Theory and Practice

Introduction to Embedded Linux in Theory and Practice

3-day class

The course content could be tailored to better suit your needs and objectives. If time permits consulting during the training can be included. Please click the public tab to see the public sessions.

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2nd quarter 2024 private remote virtual German/English (to be defined) UTC+2 (to be defined) Jul 01, 2024
3rd quarter 2024 private remote virtual German/English (to be defined) UTC+2 (to be defined) Oct 01, 2024
4th quarter 2024 private remote virtual German/English (to be defined) UTC+2 (to be defined) Jan 01, 2025

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Jul 30, 2024 public remote virtual German/English (to be defined) UTC+2 Jul 04, 2024

The aim of this crash course is to provide a basic overview of embedded Linux.

Course Objectives

We’ll see topics like those:

  • What are the components needed to build an Embedded Linux system?
  • Where to get them from and how to configure/build/install them?
  • Where to get help from?
  • What about licenses?

Hands-on exercises provide you with the necessary practical experience to go ahead and configure/build an Embedded Linux system with mainline components.


This three-day class uses hands-on exercises combined with instruction to illustrate some basic concepts of Embedded Linux. Hands-on sessions are performed on the host with a Yocto Project® SDK and on some target hardware (e.g. i.mx6). The whole workshop is designed to bring you quickly up to speed. The concepts and commands necessary to make effective use of Embedded Linux are described through a combination of theory and hands-on exercises. Don’t re-invent the wheel, but learn from an experienced trainer and take the newly acquired knowledge of Embedded Linux and the ability to effectively integrate it into your own embedded development projects back home.


  • Basic familiarity with using a Linux system (e.g. Ubuntu) as an end user in user space
  • Basic familiarity with a command-line shell
  • Familiarity with embedded C concepts and programming
  • Ability to develop software using C syntax
  • Basic knowledge of embedded processor development boards
  • …and/or no fear to learn more of the above

Course Roadmap

Who should attend?

Project managers, software-, hardware-, development-, systems-, test- engineers, administrators, technicians, and those interested in technology wanting to understand as quickly as possible how Embedded Linux works. You have to use Linux or need to decide whether it makes sense to use it or not. You may already use Embedded Linux, but you are not quite sure if you do everything right. You currently use another operating system and want to find out whether Linux would maybe be more cost-effective or too complicated.

Course Outline

Day 1


  • History of Unix/Linux | Licensing | Standards | Unix Philosophy

Embedded Specifics

  • Linux on the desktop compared to Linux in an embedded system | cross-/native toolchains | pre-built toolchains | build systems | C libraries |

Eval Board

  • How does Linux boot on a PC and on the evaluation board? | Boot sequence | SD card partitions | See it booting

Yocto Introduction

  • What is Yocto? What is the Yocto Project®? (features/challenges) | Some tools under the Yocto Project® umbrella (Poky | BitBake | OE-Core | Metadata) | Why would you use the Yocto Project®?

What’s needed on…

  • host
    • Toolkit
      • The Yocto Project® | The Yocto Project® build-environment | installation of the Yocto Project® SDK
    • SD card preparation | terminal emulation
      • screen | byobu | minicom
    • servers
      • DHCP| tftp | NFS
    • root file systems
Day 2
  • target system
    • kernel
      • checkout | config – kconfig | build – kbuild | kernel modules | install
    • Flat device tree (fdt)
      • investigate | build | install

Customizations (optional)

  • Customizations: System hangs | pseudo tty | getty | runlevel | static ip
  • Init: Sys-V | Various | systemd | bootgraph | bootchart
Day 3

Kernel Modules

  • init/exit | Licensing | tainted module/kernel | EXPORT_SYMBOL | out of tree .ko makefile
  • module-init-tools
  • put module in kernel tree
  • parameter passing

Character Driver

  • Device Files | Device Types | Device Nodes major/minor | Kernel Driver Interface
  • Device Driver: Intro | Registration | Initialization | Open/Release
  • Miscellaneous Character Drivers

User Space Debugging

  • Simple tools | Advanced tools | What’s a debugger?
  • gdb: target gdb | gdb remote debugging

Kernel Debugging (optional)

  • kgdb/kdb + agent-proxy | JTAG


  • Profiling/Tracing tools: strace | system timers | gprof | gcov | ftrace/kernelshark | systemtap | perf | LTTng
  • top and related applications: top | latencytop | powertop | powerdebug
  • crash: gdb on steroids

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