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Using Yocto Project with BeagleBone Black

By : Hafiz Muhammad I Sadiq, Irfan Sadiq
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Using Yocto Project with BeagleBone Black

By: Hafiz Muhammad I Sadiq, Irfan Sadiq

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Using Yocto Project with BeagleBone Black
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Using Yocto Project with BeagleBone Black is intended to be training material for newbies using Yocto Project. For this purpose, the hardware used is BeagleBone.

The book is written keeping reader engagement a top priority. By the end of the first chapter, you will have a working Yocto Project build running on BeagleBone and ready for further experimentation on the host side. Initially, we used existing examples and projects created by Yocto Project scripts to avoid any duplication, save time, and get things functional quickly while performing rigorous changes to learn about multiple scenarios. We won't use graphical tools, even if they are available, in order to avoid making things misleading as well as to avoid a shallow understanding. Also, sometimes, they sometime create confusion by overriding user customizations.

By the end of the book, you will have the necessary skill set, exposure, and experience required to grab any professional grade project based on Yocto Project and BeagleBone.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Welcome to Yocto Project and BeagleBone Black, enables the user to boot up BeagleBone with images built using Yocto Project through the use of simple instructions.

Chapter 2, What's BitBake All About?, provides a basic introduction to the BitBake tool.

Chapter 3, Creating the helloworld Recipe, talks about a helloworld recipe available in poky. In this chapter, we will use this recipe for the introduction of the basic elements of a recipe.

Chapter 4, Adding Multimedia to Your Board, explores the most common elements encountered in Yocto Project recipes. We will describe each of these elements and their usage.

Chapter 5, Creating and Exploring Layers, teaches you how to override functionalities of recipe files available in the existing layers. We will also look at various techniques used in different scenarios, along with the pros and cons of such techniques.

Chapter 6, Your First Console Game, helps with creating recipes for some of the popular console-based games—for example, MyMan.

Chapter 7, Turning BeagleBone into a Home Surveillance System, teaches you how to create an advanced project using BeagleBone and Yocto Project. We will create a home surveillance solution using a webcam attached to the BeagleBone USB port.

Chapter 8, BeagleBone as a Wi-Fi Access Point, guides you to create an advanced Project using BeagleBone and Yocto Project. We will turn our BeagleBone into a Wi-Fi access point by attaching a USB dongle.

What you need for this book

We will use Python in the book. Any reasonably powerful computer running Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04 will be suitable. You will need to download and install the following software in your computer:

  • Python version 2.7 or higher, excluding Python 3.x

Who this book is for

This book is ideal for system developers with the knowledge and working experience of embedded systems. Knowledge of BeagleBone Black and similar embedded boards is assumed, while no knowledge of the Yocto Project build system is necessary.


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