How the Yocto framework brings Linux to IoT devices

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The Yocto project gives you all the tools you'll need to build a custom Linux for IoT device.

Hardware has always been a challenge for the Linux community. Although it is possible to compile the Linux kernel and its surrounding applications for almost any hardware, doing so can be complicated. It actually takes significant effort to adapt an operating system for a hardware platform. Giant companies such as Microsoft and Apple have unlimited resources to work out the details with hardware vendors, but Linux has been left largely to its own resources for most of its history.

Today Linux developers are in close contact with mega chip vendor Intel, and Linux has proven its value on ARM, AMD, MIPS, and several other leading hardware platforms. Debian alone supports 10 major architectures, some in multiple variations.

But what happens if you're starting from scratch on a wholly new hardware system? Or if you're designing a new product and the available OS alternatives for the board you're using don't meet your needs? Is Linux an option?


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