Free Electrons organizes a training session on embedded Linux system development in Avignon, south of France, on Dec. 8-12, 2014.
See the other public sessions that we organize, in the same and in other locations. We can also organize a session at your own company, if enough people are interested.
Objectives and target audience
This course targets engineers who wish to use the Linux system in new embedded projects, and people supporting customers developing such systems. In five days, through theory and practical labs, the course makes you familiar with the architecture of an embedded Linux system, how to build such a system, how to take advantage of open source components to implement system features and reduce development costs, and details how to develop and debug your own applications in an embedded environment.
At the end of this course, you will be ready to start a project using embedded Linux, from system building to application development.
Here are the main topics that we cover:
- Introduction to embedded Linux
- C libraries. Building a cross-compiling toolchain
- Bootloaders. Focus on U-boot.
- Configuring, (cross)compiling and booting a Linux kernel
- Creating a simple, BusyBox based root filesystem from scratch
- Block filesystems
- Flash filesystems – Manipulating flash partitions
- Cross-compiling libraries and applications
- Embedded system building tools
- Lightweight tools for embedded systems. Graphical toolkits
- Developing and debugging applications for the embedded system
- Implementing realtime requirements
- System optimizations
See our agenda for content details.
All the training materials we use during this course are freely available. Before the session, you can then check that they correspond to your needs.
By the way, you can also see evaluations from previous sessions. In the same way we are transparent with our training materials, we share all the evaluations that we collect, not only the good ones.
Each lecture in our course is followed by a practical implementation, representing 50% to 60% of the whole course time. Labs are performed on an embedded ARM board (SAMA5D3 Xplained board from Atmel, based on a Cortex A5 processor), on which you will progressively implement an embedded Linux system.
Our practical labs can also be performed on the IGEPv2 board from ISEE, based on a TI DM3730 processor. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you are interested in such an option.
The electronic board is yours to keep at the end of the session. Even long after the course, this allows you to continue to learn and experiment using a well known working base. You can even use your board and what you created during the course to develop your own prototypes.
The Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained board is a low power yet powerful embedded board with very complete connectivity. It will allow you to develop all sorts of prototypes. You could even use it as a server!
Participants need to be familiar with the UNIX or Linux command line interface. Those who aren’t are asked to do some self training on the topic, for example by using our training materials. This way, they won’t waste time during practical labs because of issues using the operating system environment.
Lectures and oral explanations will be given in English. French speakers could still have direct discussions with the trainer in French during practical labs.
This training session will be performed by Michael Opdenacker. Embedded Linux engineer since 2003 and founder of Free Electrons, Michael has already performed countless embedded Linux and kernel training sessions in 12 countries, in Europe, Asia and in North America.
The session will happen in Avignon, in the Mercure Pont d’Avignon Hotel in the historical center, 100 m away from the Popes Palace.
- Address: Rue Ferruce, Quartier Balance, 84000 Avignon
- Phone: 04 90 80 93 93
- Caution: there is another Mercure hotel less than 150 meters away. Make sure you go to the “Mercure Pont d’Avignon” one.
You can reach Avignon:
- From Marseille’s airport. You can come by car (approximately 1 hour), or by public transportation (shuttle + train, 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour).
- By train from many cities in France, in particular with the TGV fast train. This way you can arrive in Lyon or Paris, and take the TGV train to reach Avignon.
The Avignon area is perfect to go out in the evening or during the week-end. You are in the heart of Provence, a region that attracts visitors from the entire world. Details.
Last but not least, Avignon is 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Paris with the TGV fast train. You may land in Paris, go to Avignon for the week, and get back to Paris for the week-end before you leave France.
This course is from Monday to Friday (five days), from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. If some participants have to leave earlier on the last day, we can make sure that all key lectures and labs are complete by 4:00 pm on that day.
- For extra people from the same company (condition: unique invoice for all participants)
- For any registration confirmed at least 2 months before the session starts.
- For individuals who pay the whole training cost by themselves (with no refund from their company and without public funding). This compensates for the fact that we have to add 20% V.A.T. to their training costs.
This rate includes the course, laptop rental, lunch as well as morning and afternoon breaks. Each participant walks away with his own electronic board.
Note that dinner, breakfast, accommodation, and traveling costs are not included in our price. Each participant will have to pay for such expenses by themselves.
See how to register to our public sessions.
It is recommended to register early, to enjoy our discount rates.
Questions and answers
Q: How to arrive from Marseille’s airport?
A: You can either rent a car, or take public transportation. All details here.
Q: How easy is it to travel to Marseille? Are low-cost flights available?
A: Marseille is one of the biggest airports in France in terms of traffic. There are lots of direct flights from many European cities, and from most capitals, including a significant number of low-cost flights. Depending on where you are, it could be cheaper to fly to Marseille that to other parts of your country!
Q: Would you have any hotel to recommend?
A: Yes. We recommend to stay at the Mercure Pont d’Avignon hotel where the course takes place. This hotel can also offer a discounted rate to participants to our sessions (depending on how full the hotel is, just ask). That’s why we advise you to book your room by calling the hotel. If the on-line booking system tells you that there are no available rooms left, you can still tell the hotel crew that you participate to the training session, and they will do their best to find a room for you. For example, they can swap rooms booked by tour operators with the other Mercure hotel 200 meters away. If the hotel is really full, you may also try other very close hotels in the historical center of Avignon: Mercure Cite des Papes, Hotel de l’Horloge, Kyriad Avignon Palais des Papes or Hotel du Palais des Papes. Many more hotels are available in Avignon, if you are ready to walk 5 to 10 minutes more. This way, you will even be able to find decent hotels starting at about 50 EUR per night.
Q: Should I rent a car?
A: If you are interested in visiting Provence in the evenings or during the week-ends, we strongly recommend to rent a car if you can. Unfortuately, public transportation is not well developed there, and you would have trouble getting back to Avignon after going out in the evening. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay at your hotel, relax and just visit Avignon by foot, you won’t need a car.
See our page on all our public sessions for more questions and answers common to all training locations.