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OpenEmbedded is a tool which allows developers to create a fully usable Linux base for various embedded systems. It has been designed to be able to handle different hardware architectures, support multiple releases for those architectures, and utilize tools for speeding up the process of recreating the base after changes have been made. Currently it can run on any Linux distribution, and plans are in place to allow it to work under Windows.

OpenEmbedded is the successor of the great OpenZaurus project. Basically OpenEmbedded is a build system that can generate (cross-compile) Software packages for embedded targets. This may include Bootloader, Linux and Applications.

Current OpenEmbedded-based projects include:
*External linkOpenSLUG for the External linkLinksys NSLU2 Network-attached storage device
*External linkMeshCube - the MIPS/MiniPCI-based wireless router from 4G-Systems (see also MeshCube in this Wiki)
*External linkOpenZaurus for the Sharp Zaurus PDA
*External linkOpenSIMpad for the Seimens SIMPad PDA
*External linkFamiliar Linux for the iPaq PDA and others

Hopes are that the OpenWRT project for the Linksys WRT54G will be based on OpenEmbedded in future.

A comment from the OpenEmbedded External linkSuccess Stories page summarises:
"OE takes all of the hassle out of cross-compiling "

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