Advanced Embedded Linux Development, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Deploy and Develop Software for Embedded Linux. Learn how to develop and deploy software for Embedded Linux based devices with this Advanced Embedded Linux Development course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder.

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This Advanced Embedded Linux Development course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder provides students with the fundamentals of embedded operating systems including a working understanding of how to configure and deploy a Linux based Embedded System. Students will gain expertise in software tools and development methods which can be used to create applications and build custom Linux based Embedded Devices.

Applied Learning Project

This course will focus heavily on designing concurrent software for embedded systems applications using the Linux operating system. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Configure, build and deploy the Linux kernel and root filesystem from source.
  • Build their own Embedded Linux distribution using Buildroot or Yocto frameworks.
  • Use System Programming concepts to develop application software for Embedded Devices, including File I/O, Threading, Signals, and time related POSIX APIs.
  • Write software for inter-thread and inter-process communication using sockets and signals
  • Debug concurrent software applications with command line GDB, Valgrind, and other software tools for debug, profile and tracing.
  • Create a custom Linux Device Driver
  • Understand Linux Driver related development topics, including debugging techniques, concurrency techniques, timing, memory allocation.
  • Showcase their knowledge in a final project which demonstrates course concepts on hardware.

What You Will Learn:

  • Development of software for Linux user or kernel applications for Embedded Devices
  • Deployment of customized root filesystem or custom Linux distributions on Embedded Devices

Skills You Will Gain:

  • C Programming
  • Embedded Systems
  • Embedded Software
  • Linux
  • Kernel Programming

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Linux System Programming and Introduction to Buildroot
  • Linux Kernel Programming and Introduction to Yocto Project
  • Linux Embedded System Topics and Projects

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate level

  • Undergraduate work in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, or equivalent industry experience. 

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