Linux Device Drivers, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2001
Pages: 592

This book is for anyone who wants to support computer peripherals under the Linux operating system or who wants to develop new hardware and run it under Linux. Linux is the fastest-growing segment of the Unix market, is winning over enthusiastic adherents in many application areas, and is being viewed more and more as a good platform for embedded systems. Linux Device Drivers, already a classic in its second edition, reveals information that heretofore has been shared by word of mouth or in cryptic source code comments, on how to write drivers for a wide range of devices.Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel includes significant changes to device drivers, simplifying many activities, but providing subtle new features that can make a driver both more efficient and more flexible. The second edition of this book thoroughly covers these changes, as well as new processors and buses.You don't have to be a kernel hacker to understand and enjoy this book; all you need is an understanding of C and some background in Unix system calls. You'll learn how to write drivers for character devices, block devices, and network interfaces, guided by full-featured examples that you can compile and run without special hardware. Major changes in the second edition include discussions of symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and locking, new CPUs, and recently supported buses. For those who are curious about how an operating system does its job, this book provides insights into address spaces, asynchronous events, and I/O.Portability is a major concern in the text. The book is centered on version 2.4, but includes information for kernels back to 2.0 where feasible. Linux Device Driver also shows how to maximize portability among hardware platforms; examples were tested on IA32 (PC) and IA64, PowerPC, SPARC and SPARC64, Alpha, ARM, and MIPS.Contents include:

  • Building a driver and loading modules
  • Complete character, block, and network drivers
  • Debugging a driver
  • Timing
  • Handling symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems
  • Memory management and DMA
  • Interrupts
  • Portability issues
  • Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)
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good tech Info

By Pramod

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One of the best books i have ever seen.. Gives a thorough understanding on the subject to a new comer

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By Antonio

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Superb!. A must. This is the sort of book that makes a complex matter to look easy. Just read it and code your driver. I've just finished my first one.

PLEASE keep on updating it to new kernel versions, I'm looking forward to the 3rd edition covering v2.6

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By G. Gopi Krishna

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Dominance of O'Reilly, with regard to UNIX literature, resounds with Rubini's book on Device Drivers. Instead of confusing the readers with dozen titles on a single topic and letting the books fight-out in the market, O'Reilly follows an impressive publishing protocol of releasing a single book per subject. If I want to purchase any title under UNIX, by the "stamp" of this publisher I grab one, for which I never had to regret.

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By jaisankar

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i have went through this book it was very nice to read and unterstanding the linux device drivers.

 
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Linux Device Drivers, 2nd Edition Review

By Richard Sun

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This book is very useful to me for developing Linux Driver

I can get a lot of Linux Kernel material

Thank you Very much

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Linux Device Drivers, 2nd Edition Review

By Alex

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This is definitely one of the best books on the subject. It is a must for linux device driver writers. As a newbie, this book helped and helps me alot and I enjoy every moment of reading it.

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Linux Device Drivers, 2nd Edition Review

By smaaash

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The best book I've seen about kernel&stuff. It touches all the important topics needed to build your own equipment and make it work under Linux. Just READ IT!!!

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Linux Device Drivers, 2nd Edition Review

By Roland Kwitt

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This is certainly the best book on writing kernel modules

out there. Really great work!! Moreover, providing the book

online is a great step into an Open Source and M$ free world!!

Thx Alessandro Rubini & Jonathan Corbet

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Linux Device Drivers, 2nd Edition Review

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Excellent,must have book for wanna be kernel module programmers.Great Stuff!!

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By Paolo Minazzi

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great book ! wonderful !

it explains everything to write a driver.

everyone want to become a module-programmer should read this book

Thanks to the authors

Paolo

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