Switching From Windows Embedded to Embedded Linux

Switching From Windows Embedded to Embedded Linux

Learning about Linux takes some work and practice. Open source projects are constantly under development, and there are some pitfalls to avoid when getting started. This paper is for Windows embedded developers looking to move to embedded Linux. The paper explores the rationale, comparisons, tools and training options available that can help in making the switch.

About the Authors

Sean Liming
Sean Liming is the owner of Annabooks, LLC. He has been involved with embedded systems for nearly two decades. He started with Microsoft’s first embedded distributor Annasoft (Annabooks Software) with products such as MS-DOS, Windows 3.1x, and Windows 95 before the introductions of Windows CE and Windows NT Embedded. Sean has authored over 35 articles and eight books including the popular Windows XP Embedded Advanced and Professional’s Guide To Windows® Embedded Standard 7. He has traveled around the world as a featured speaker at Microsoft embedded conferences. Besides the books and articles, he has created the first classes on Windows CE, NT Embedded, .NET Micro Framework, and POS for .NET. He has also created advanced classes for XP Embedded, WES7, and WE8S. Sean has worked at Intel focusing on XScale™ for telematics, and he was the head of engineering at Annasoft Systems. In 2001, he became a Microsoft MVP. He received his BSEE from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California; focusing on computer architecture and design.

John R. Malin
John R. Malin was an early pioneer in using IBM-PC’s to develop embedded software for x86-based embedded devices in the mid 80’s. Over the past 20 years John has worked with a number of embedded operating systems starting with VRTX, Nucleus, PharLap, ThreadX, Windows Embedded OSes, and .NET Micro Framework. He has also co-authored a number of articles, white papers covering embedded development, and the book Real-Time Development from Theory to Practice. John is a cofounder of Annabooks, LLC and has a BS and MS in Solid State Physics from Case Western Reserve University.

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