Yocto Rocko 2.4.1 is: OE-Core, meta-yocto and Bitbake (and yocto-docs but yocto-docs contains no functionality) without 7 files.
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OE-Core from https://github.com/openembedded/openembedded-core.git @ 9d1129076658b4c5827c95ad8b195a7a100d7a9e
This post lists the efficiency of Linux Kernel development using Yocto. It shows that developers who use Yocto to do kernel development spend at least 75% of their recompile time waiting on the Yocto build system.
The "Installing the meta-example layer on your host" instructions listed on the "PetaLinux Yocto Tips" at http://www.wiki.xilinx.com/PetaLinux+Yocto+Tips as of Mar 24 2018 @ 9:18 AM (MDT) did not work for me with PetaLinux 2017.4