In our last episode, I described how the challenges of cross-compiling a deeply embedded system might drive you to virtualization. Now, we'll see how this works while converting an old laptop into a digital picture frame (DPF).
I agree we're playing tennis with the net down, but this project can be more challenging than you expect if you succumb to feature creep. Indeed, you can get as much embedded experience as you'd like and perhaps a bit more.
You'll find the grisly low-level commands and more detailed descriptions in the download file accompanying this column (see "Resource Center," page 5). They should provide a starting point for your own efforts.