As the Linux kernel constantly evolves, so must your understanding of the central functions of the kernel. Linux expert Wolfgang Mauerer focuses on version 2.6.24 (as well as summarizing changes to versions 2.6.25 and 2.6.26) of the kernel as he walks you through the concepts, underlying structures, and implementation of the Linux kernel. Keeping a close connection with the source code—as well as the components and subsystems of the kernel—this book reviews the VFS layer and discusses virtual filesystems and the Extended filesystem family and examines how the page and buffer cache speed up kernel operations.
You'll take a look at the peculiarities of various architectures supported by the kernel, explore the assorted tools and means of working efficiently with the kernel sources, and investigate the numerous social aspects of kernel development and the Linux kernel community. Ultimately, this insightful book will serve as an indispensable step towards understanding structure and implementation of the Linux kernel.
What you will learn from this book
Various ways of viewing the kernel—as an enhanced machine, a resource manager, and a library
How the kernel handles all time-related requirements, both with low and high resolution
The mechanisms required to ensure proper operation of the kernel on multiprocessor systems
How modules add new functionality to the kernel
How the kernel deals with memory management, page reclaim, and swapping
How the kernel deals with networks and implements TCP/IP
Who this book is for
This book is for system programmers, administrators, developers of Linux-based solutions, and overall Linux enthusiasts. A solid foundation of C programming is required.
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This is an awesome book on Linux kernel internals. The author gave a very detailed treatment of various core subsystems of the kernel. Code explanations are really good! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Musfiq
I wanted to buy the book a couple of years ago when it was paperback book. I bought the Kindle format ebook this time. I can read it on my Kindle and PCs. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bing Zhu
Very good book for Linux kernel developers. Must have to enhance your knowledge in linux kernel. Really helped my team members to improve their Linux kernel skills.Published on June 26, 2012 by jgjgv jg
This book is a must have for almost any Engineer using the Embedded Linux OS to attain dsp/control/communication operations. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by mstolzle
Bulk Book covers kernel basics but missing multi-processor, multi-core handling and virtualization as both host and client which modern Linux kernel has to handle and already... Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by qw
It is an excellent book which will guide you through Linux kernel. It is based on version 2.6.26, but the book is still compatible with more recent versions of kernel. Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by J. R. B. Monteiro
I purchased this book to use as a reference. I work in a group that does device driver development. I've picked up this book twice to look at since purchasing. Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by Daniel Cardenas