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The Eclipse development environment has become the de facto industry standard environment in which to host embedded development tools. Many of the traditional embedded tools vendors who used to sell their own proprietary development tools and environments have embraced Eclipse and ported their products to run within it to take advantage of the sophisticated, feature-rich framework it provides. These tools and environments are powerful, but they can still be expensive. For projects on a tight budget, it's now possible to use the freely available, open source Eclipse IDE along with open source GNU tools (binutils, gcc, and gdb) to construct a complete cross-development environment at little or no cost. However, piecing together all the components necessary to build a system such as this isn't easy. Eclipse wasn't built to handle cross-development, or even the C or C... (more)