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Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook)
Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook)
by Alessandro Rubini
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but dated, 31 Aug 2000
If you want to learn how to write a Linux driver then you MUST buy this book! It gives a very good background into the workings of the Linux device module system. The text is very readable and usually puts (some very complex) ideas across in a manner that doesn't scare the reader off - the multitude of code fragments also help a lot! However, there is one caveat. The book was written at a time when the Linux Module system was in a state of flux. The text is written focusing on version 2.0.x of the kernel but there were some major changes to the structure and some system calls between then and version 2.2.x . There is an attempt, at the back of the book, to outline the new changes (as at version 2.1.43), but these are a bit vague and not many examples are given. Maybe it's not such a bad thing though...The current version of the linux module system as at Version 2.2.x is, I believe, going to be used in the next release. Please, Mr. Rubini, update the text to be more current! If you do I'll buy a copy of the book and recommend it to anyone!

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