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Yocto books

April 14, 2017 — BarryK
After learning that it is possible to create target-native compiling tools, such as gcc, my interest in OE/Yocto got revitalised. See previous blog post:

I have just completed a build with Yocto, and it creates binary DEB packages for the target machine, and yes, that includes 'gcc', 'automake', 'autoconf', 'make', etc. Looks good.

Haven't actually installed it into a partition and tested if can actually compile anything, but intrigued enough to want to learn more about Yocto. It is a very big and complicated project, and the online docs are daunting. So, I have ordered a couple of books:

Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto Project

Embedded Linux Development with Yocto Project

There are ebooks, but I like to have the paper! Costs a bit more -- total was just on AU$100, about US$75, including shipping to Australia.

Amazon's international shipping is odd. I say this from past experience. This order, that second book came up as does not ship to Australia, so clicked on the "22 New" link, and found that Amazon ships it to Australia, just costs a little more.
Had to go through this rigmarole even though I was logged in and had ticked the checkbox to only show items that can ship to Australia.

Anyway, looking forward to getting them!


A brief comment, after owning these two books for a couple of months.

"Embedded Linux Systems with the Yocto project", by Rudolf Streif, is excellent, I am referring to it almost every day.
Not perfect, There are things that are not in the book and I have to search online, but it is still an excellent reference book.

Very small print, there is a lot packed into its 455 pages -- that actually is a minor criticism, as the print is a bit too small and faint and I have to read the book under a bright light.

The other one, I don't consider to have been worth the money. I read it for about an hour, then put it aside, and apart from picking it up a few times and finding that it does not have the information I am seeking, it remains gathering dust.
It is a superficial treatment, probably ok in a library, or where it is been used as a very quick intro for more than one person.
But then, it is dated, as uses Hob, plus the example at end of book is not useful.
That's a thought, I might donate it to my local library.

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