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+.. comment SPDX-License-Identifier: CC-BY-SA-4.0
+.. comment: Copyright (c) 2016 Chris Johns <>
+.. comment: All rights reserved.
+.. _installation:
+.. index:: Installation
+This section details how to set up and install the RTEMS Ecosystem. You will
+create a set of tools and an RTEMS kernel for your selected Board Support
+Package (BSP).
+You will be asked to follow a few simple steps and when you have finished you
+will have a development environment set up you can use to build applications
+for RTEMS. You will have also created a development environment you and a team
+can adapt for a project of any size and complexity.
+.. index:: Tools
+RTEMS applications are developed using cross-development tools running on a
+development computer, more commonlly referred to as the host computer. These
+are typically your desktop machine or a special build server. All RTEMS tools
+and runtime libraries are built from source on your host machine. The RTEMS
+Project does not maintain binary builds of the tools. This may appear to be the
+opposite to what you normally experience with host operating systems, and it
+is, however this approach works well. RTEMS is not a host operating system and
+it is not a distrbution. Providing binary packages for every possible host
+operating system is too big a task for the RTEMS Project and it is not a good
+use of core developer time. Their time is better spent making RTEMS better and
+The RTEMS Project base installation set ups the tools and the RTEMS kernel for
+the selected BSPs. The tools run on your host computer are used to compile,
+link, and format executables so they can run on your target hardware.
+The RTEMS Project supports two set ups, release and developer
+environments. Release installations create the tools and kernel in a single
+pass ready for you to use. The tools and kernel are stable and only bug fixes
+are added creating new dot point releases. The developer set up tracks the Git
+repositories for the tools and kernel.
+.. include:: prefixes-sandboxing.rst
+.. include:: releases.rst
+.. include:: developer.rst