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authorThomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni@free-electrons.com>2010-05-16 14:31:19 (GMT)
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-Buildroot is a set of Makefiles and patches that makes it easy to generate a
-cross-compilation toolchain and root filesystem for your target Linux
-system using the <a href= "http://www.uclibc.org/">uClibc C library</a>.
-Buildroot is useful mainly for people working with small or embedded
-systems. Embedded systems often use processors that are not the regular
-x86 processors everyone is used to using on their PC. It can be PowerPC
-processors, MIPS processors, ARM processors, etc. And to be extra safe,
-you do not need to be root to build or run Buildroot.
-
-<p>
-
-Buildroot is maintained by <a href=
-"mailto:jacmet@uclibc.org">Peter Korsgaard</a>, and
-licensed under the
+<p>Buildroot is a set of Makefiles and patches that makes it easy to
+generate a complete embedded Linux system. Buildroot can generate any
+or all of a cross-compilation toolchain, a root filesystem, a kernel
+image and a bootloader image. Buildroot is useful mainly for people
+working with small or embedded systems, using various CPU
+architectures (x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, etc.) : it automates the
+building process of your embedded system and eases the
+cross-compilation process.</p>
+
+<p>The major Buildroot features are:</p>
+
+<ul>
+
+ <li>Can <b>handle everything</b> in your embedded system development
+ project: cross-compiling toolchain, root filesystem generation,
+ kernel image compilation and bootloader compilation. Buildroot is
+ also sufficiently flexible that it can also be used for only one or
+ several of these steps.</li>
+
+ <li>Is <b>very easy</b> to set up, thanks to its menuconfig and
+ xconfig configuration interfaces, familiar to all embedded Linux
+ developers. Building a basic embedded Linux system with Buildroot
+ typically takes 15-30 minutes.</li>
+
+ <li>Supports <b>several hundreds of packages</b> for userspace
+ applications and libraries: X.org stack, Gtk2, Qt, DirectFB, SDL,
+ GStreamer and a large number of network-related and system-related
+ utilities and libraries are supported.</li>
+
+ <li>Supports <b>multiple filesystem types</b> for the root
+ filesystem image: JFFS2, UBIFS, tarballs, romfs, cramfs, squashfs
+ and more.</li>
+
+ <li>Can generate an uClibc cross-compilation toolchain, or re-use
+ your existing glibc, eglibc or uClibc cross-compilation
+ toolchain</li>
+
+ <li>Has a <b>simple structure</b> that makes it easy to understand
+ and extend. It relies only on the well-know Makefile language.</li>
+
+</ul>
+
+<p>Buildroot is maintained by <a href=
+"mailto:jacmet@uclibc.org">Peter Korsgaard</a>, and licensed under the
<a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html">GNU
-GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE V2 (Or later)</a>.
+GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE V2 (Or later)</a>. Stable releases are
+delivered every three months.</p>
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