Most developers are used to a graphical interface for development, so when diving into the world of IoT and embedded Linux development, it’s a new experience that requires more low-level programming and command-line execution. If you ever want to build systems such as IoT, GPS, automotive technology, manufacturing, or any other low-level electronics programming, you need an embedded development environment to work with.
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If your organization deploys IoT solutions, you know that development of embedded systems is a bit different from standard desktop development. Linux’s low cost is attractive to IoT developers, so it’s often the choice for embedded development over expensive proprietary kernels. It’s not uncommon for developers to work with an environment similar to the target device using a virtual machine, but development on a VM can be awkward. Instead, developers can work with distributions specifically designed for embedded systems.
Compared to proprietary embedded operating systems, Linux is low cost; it allows for multiple suppliers of software, development and support; it has a stable kernel; and it facilitates the ability to read, modify and redistribute the source code. For these reasons and more, Linux has become the go-to option for embedded systems.
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