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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but dated
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...
Published on 31 Aug 2000 by nhenning@pascall.co.uk

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12 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The book listed at the top is not the 2nd edition.
Like many people I have been waiting for the second addition to arrive and if you look on O'Reillys web site, you will see it is out now and that the first edition ( which is the one listed here ) is out of print.
The 'Book Description' is about the 2nd edition, but the book, contents and price listed at the head of the page are for the first edition.
... Make...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but dated, 31 Aug 2000
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nhenning@pascall.co.uk (Isle of Wight, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook) (Paperback)
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In-depth coverage of creating block and character drivers., 20 April 1998
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This review is from: Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook) (Paperback)
I've not been happy with some of the O'Reilly books I've gotten lately, but this book is an exception. While there were a few problems that should have been caught in the review, it's a truely useful book. It even looks like the index is functional.
The one thing I wished it had was coverage of the VFS. However, if you need to write a character or block device driver, this book will enable you to do it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good descripion of linux kernel and driver interface, 16 April 1998
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This review is from: Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook) (Paperback)
Very well written, everything clearly explained. I needed to write a driver for a flash memory device in an embedded PC, and this book really helped to do the task, along with the kernel sources.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book on Linux Device Drivers, 12 April 1998
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This review is from: Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook) (Paperback)
If you are going to write device drivers for Linux, you must have a copy of this book on your desk. Another _winner_ title from O'Reilly.
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12 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The book listed at the top is not the 2nd edition., 15 July 2001
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This review is from: Linux Device Drivers (Nutshell Handbook) (Paperback)
Like many people I have been waiting for the second addition to arrive and if you look on O'Reillys web site, you will see it is out now and that the first edition ( which is the one listed here ) is out of print.
The 'Book Description' is about the 2nd edition, but the book, contents and price listed at the head of the page are for the first edition.
... Make sure you order the second edition...
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