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What flavor of Linux is NI Linux based on or closet to in terms of commands?

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Debian, RedHat, or another.

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None like that.


It's built from the yocto project I believe which is a tool for building customisable embedded distributions based on open embedded. I used to hear it is based on angstrom but that as a distro seems to be defunct.


For packages it uses the opkg format which is common for embedded Linux distributions

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As James noted, NI Linux RT is not not based on a specific Linux desktop distribution. A lot of the functionality (commands) available on a desktop distribution are also available on NI Linux RT. There are also differences, as there are with all Linux distros. For example, NI Linux RT uses the OPKG package manager. If you want to 'play' and are comfortable with using virtual machines, you can create one that runs NI Linux RT. A Google search gives links to several tutorials. CERN and SAS are good starting points:


Keep in mind, that while Linux desktop distributions have GUIs, Linux is an OS that is very much about using the command line. The Ubuntu online documentation is very helpful and relatively user friendly.



David C
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There are a few quite interesting resources to be found on the internet (this list taken from our dokuwiki😞


DSH Pragmatic Software Development Workshops (Fab, Steve, Brian and me)
Release Automation Tools for LabVIEW (CI/CD integration with LabVIEW)
DQMH® (The Future of Team-Based LabVIEW Development)

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For those of you who are interested in C/C++ toolchains, this is the latest information:


FYI - @joerg.hampel

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