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Linux for PowerPC Embedded Systems HOWTO

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1. Introduction

This document is an attempt to tell you what you need to know to use Linux on an embedded PowerPC-based system, and is a distillation of the collective wisdom from the linuxppc-embeddedmailinglist. Comments, feedback and corrections to this document are invited via e-mail to the on PowerPC-Embedded-HOWTO][author.

Some of the information here is in the form of references to the mailing list archives. Follow the threads in the archive to get more information.

This document is laid out roughly in the order of the steps necessary to implement a complete system, which is similar to boot order starting at the lowest level and working upwards.


1.1. Copyright

Copyright 2001, IBM Corp.

Copyright 2000, Canon Information Systems Research Australia.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in AppendixA

The views expressed here are not necessarily those of CISRA or Canon Inc or IBM Corp.


1.2. Updates

The latest HTML version of this document is available online at

If you want to print or reformat this document, you might find the SGML source useful at


1.3. Credits

Based on the original HOWTO which was written by Graham Stoney, now Boas Betzler is maintaining this document. It is assembled utilising the wisdom dispensed by many others, particularly the gurus in the field: Dan Malek, Cort Dougan, Marcus Sundberg, Wolfgang Denk, Richard Hendricks, Matt Porter, Grant Erickson, Darvis Nevil, Murray Jensen, Matthew Locke and others. They deserve the credit - I doubt you'll find a more helpful group of people.

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