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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3rd Edition edition (17 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005900
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over the years, this bestselling guide has helped countless programmers learn how to support computer peripherals under the Linux operating system, and how to develop new hardware under Linux. Now, with this third edition, it's even more helpful, covering all the significant changes to Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel. Includes full-featured examples that programmers can compile and run without special hardware.

About the Author

Jonathan Corbet got his first look at the BSD Unix source back in 1981, when an instructor at the University of Colorado let him "fix" the paging algorithm. He has been digging around inside every system he could get his hands on ever since, working on drivers for VAX, Sun, Ardent, and x86 systems on the way. He got his first Linux system in 1993, and has never looked back. Mr. Corbet is currently the co-founder and executive editor of Linux Weekly News (http://LWN.net/); he lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children.

Alessandro installed Linux 0.99.14 soon after getting his degree as electronic engineer. He then received a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Pavia despite his aversion toward modern technology. He left the University after getting his Ph.D. because he didn't want to write articles. He now works as a free lancer writing device drivers and, um...articles. He used to be a young hacker before his babies were born; he's now an old advocate of Free Software who developed a bias for non-PC computer platforms.

Greg Kroah-Hartman has been writing Linux kernel drivers since 1999, and is currently the maintainer for the USB, PCI, I2C, driver core, and sysfs kernel subsystems. He is also the maintainer of the udev and hotplug userspace programs, as well as being a Gentoo kernel maintainer, ensuring that his email inbox is never empty. He is a contributing editor to Linux Journal Magazine, and works for IBM's Linux Technology Center, doing various Linux kernel related tasks.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
This remains the best all-round introduction to kernel programming where most of us start - writing device drivers.
The third edition has been update to include information on writing VFS/file system drivers: an important update.
The text does remain rather too ia32 centric though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cybercloud on 9 Sept. 2010
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Despite the age, this is still one of the best references about device drivers in Linux.
It is a "hands-on" book, which explains how drivers work, and how you can implement your own driver. It does not provide much information about the reasons why things are implemented in a certain way under Linux: it is not a book about Linux internals, therefore it does not cover parts unrelated to device drivers.
Unfortunately, it is not complete, and some mechanisms (e.g., platform devices) are not covered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paolo on 6 Mar. 2009
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This book is very useful for people thath wants learn about linux device drivers. The approach followed by the authors is practical oriented and involve the reader.
The descriptions of kernel data structure and subsystem (such as pci and usb) is very clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adriana on 7 Mar. 2011
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Really useful to understand how drivers work and internal functions.
Great price to have it printed.

Btw, the same book is under a creative commons share alike license, so the author has a pdf version in his webpage :)
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By spiros ts on 20 Mar. 2014
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Starting working on device drivers in unix based enviroment, this book is the best choice. It helped me so much to understand the general philosophy of a driver's design. It is a well written book. An absolute guide for the world of drivers in linux os.
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