5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great book for novice kernel hackers,
This review is from: Linux Kernel Development (Developer's Library) (Paperback)
This book gives an excellent overview of the modern (2.6.35+) kernel series. It's aimed at developers wishing to make their first foray into the kernel, and assumes a good knowledge of C (the programming language) and architectural concepts. It does a great job in explaining not only the design of key parts of the kernel, but also the reasons for the design. There is some historical discussion as well, to allow legacy pieces of kernel design to be understood, but if you're planning to hack older kernels, this probably isn't the book for you.
Great sections on locking, memory access, devices, etc. - although it's not primarily a reference book, it can certainly act in that capacity as well. The author notes that the book _can_ be read non-linearly, but as there is quite a lot of back-referencing, you'll probably want to read it from the front to the back (at least first time round).