Embedded Nirvana

Embedded Studio

Embedded Studio

Embedded Studio (ES) v0.1 has been released recently. We has a semi-official release within the group during the GNUnify 2011 Days.  ES v0.1 is a Fedora 13 flavour Virtual Machine which is preconfigured with all the essentials required to start development in the field of Embedded Linux. We came up with this idea recently so that a developer has to focus more on development rather than put efforts in configuring the Development host machine. The initial version is a Virtual Machine and we hope to create a distribution out of it soon too.

No need of any installation, since it's a vmware Image all the stuff is pre-installed.


  • Pre-configured GNU toolchain for ARM architecture
  • Qemu installed for simulation of selected ARM architectures. You can simulate GUI applications as well.
  • Ready binaries and source code for versatilepb board for emulation of the device.
  • Script for compilation and porting of u-boot, Linux kernel and Busybox.

The VMware virtual machine is available on demand in a Dual Layer DVD medium at a price of Rs 300/- Just write a mail to admin@embeddednirvana.org to order your copy.


Getting Started With Embedded Systems

This is a series of articles which would help you get started with ARM based Embedded systems using Linux OS.

The presentation contain the guidelines, while the wiki pages associated with it has specific instructions. Some of the code presented in these presentations would be updated on the git. The course content has been packaged in a Fedora VMware image, so that you can get started without any installation hiccups. You can get the DVD here.

Also the videos would be updated soon.

Introduction to Toolchain

Building Systems on Bare Metal - An ARM Perspective

Basics of Linux Kernel Development

Compiling Linux Kernel for Embedded Device

Debugging techniques.

Hardware Emulation Using QEMU

Using Eclipse IDE

You can find a brief description on this on wiki page.


Hardware Emulation Using QEMU

These presentations are a comprehensive introduction to using QEMU for simulation of your ARM device.

You can  read the wiki page here


Building Systems on Bare Metal

This presentation gives an overview of ARM architecture and introduction on how to write bare metal programs for embedded system. This article specifically deals with programming of ARM7 chips, but the same analogy can be used for other architectures.

You can refer to the wiki article here.

You can download the code  github


Developing embedded system applications using Eclipse IDE

This presentation gives a brief history of Eclipse IDE and why it should be used for developing your embedded applications.

Read the wiki page on how to configure Eclipse IDE here


Debugging Techniques

This presentation introduces how to debug your application using various tools.

The wiki page here would guide you how to compile gdb and gdbserver for your target device.


Toolchains for Embedded Systems

This presentations gives an introduction to toolchains and how we can use them for development of embedded systems.

You can find more info on the wiki article here


12th March Meeting Agenda

Agenda for this week's meeting.

  • Planning for the 26th March session.
  • Allocating slots for the speakers.
  • Formatting the course content.
  • Formatting the guidelines for the session.

What Embedded Nirvana is All About

What we are doing?

  • This is a non-commercial activity run completely be volunteers from industry and students
  • We meet weekly and churn out some code and release it. Have a look at our vmware Fedora image. We have put all our work there so that you can just jumpstart with your ideas, without any hassles of configuration on the entire development environment.
  • Once in a blue moon we have a demo session or a day long educational session , where we demonstrate what we have done so far.
  • We take care of arranging the talks, getting speakers, contribute the code & documentation
  • Topics are likely to be around current trends in industry like:

"Android or MeeGo Development", "Panda/Beagle/Hawk Board", DSP programming etc, communication protocols , etc.

Agenda for the Embedded Nirvana

Just to summarize the purpose in one sentence it would be "Building industrially viable and resourceful opensource technology"
The word building is very significant here since we necessarily may not create or innovate, but do something which has industrial significance. The goals in descending order of importance would be.

  • Primary aim would be to contribute to opensource.
  • Deliver value to industry with the opensource contribution, i.e. the outcome of the activity should have a value and must be purpose driven.
  • A practical lab where we do designing, coding, documentation, releases, etc and not just talk about OpenSource.
  • Common place where ARM-Linux enthusiasts can meet and share hands on knowledge.
  • Community based knowledge generation and sharing.
  • Lastly explore newer realms of our creativity as engineers.

What's in for me?

  • Even if you are James Gosling, there is something you won't know about Java (Said by James Gosling himself). A community based learning would significantly boost knowledge in a very short period of time.
  • We are talking about a hands-on-lab and not a blabber-blabber forum, so end of the day what you take home is hands on experience on a technology . This can be helpful in your professional field.
  • Sensible contribution to Open Source brings reputation in your tech domain.


  • All the code generated would be made Open Source and put on the website under Apache 2.0 License.
  • All the articles generated would be shared under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA Licence.
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