The Three Es

September 28, 2011

“Easy to learn, Easy to work and Easy to play”, thus goes the advertising slogan of the ASUS Eee PC which is a subnotebook computer designed by Asus and Intel. Its combination of light weight, Linux-based operation system, solid-state drive and relatively low cost make it a very notable device at the time of its introduction.

The Eee PC runs a customtab-based interface and uses IceWM as the default manager on top of its base Linux system which boots in 20 – 22 seconds. Its quick start time is comparable to that of small electronic devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. Intel describes the Eee PC as part of its “World Ahead” marketing drive that aims to provide anyone around the world a chance to own a PC.

Tool Selection for Control

September 22, 2011

Linux and open source are typically the suitable choices for embedded development although they are not magic workers. Tools are considered truly valuable when they are able to assist developers to enable the right features during a product’s short life cycle. In effect, tools selection can either assist or block a developer’s effort to gain control of the project.

With the many aspects of embedded Linux development, the process of building the complex file system it depends on is the one most subject to possible loss of control. This is especially so because platform developers need to integrate and install dozens to hundreds of separate software components that creating a target file system by hand may be time consuming and difficult.