- Hardcover: 744 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (April 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132396556
- ISBN-13: 978-0132396554
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.7 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Linux Device Drivers 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
"Probably the most wide ranging and complete Linux device driver book I've read." --Alan Cox, Linux Guru and Key Kernel Developer "Very comprehensive and detailed, covering almost every single Linux device driver type." --Theodore Ts'o, First Linux Kernel Developer in North America and Chief Platform Strategist of the Linux Foundation The Most Practical Guide to Writing Linux Device Drivers Linux now offers an exceptionally robust environment for driver development: with today's kernels, what once required years of development time can be accomplished in days. In this practical, example-driven book, one of the world's most experienced Linux driver developers systematically demonstrates how to develop reliable Linux drivers for virtually any device. "Essential Linux Device Drivers "is for any programmer with a working knowledge of operating systems and C, including programmers who have never written drivers before. Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran focuses on the essentials, bringing together all the concepts and techniques you need, while avoiding topics that only matter in highly specialized situations. Venkateswaran begins by reviewing the Linux 2.6 kernel capabilities that are most relevant to driver developers. He introduces simple device classes; then turns to serial buses such as I2C and SPI; external buses such as PCMCIA, PCI, and USB; video, audio, block, network, and wireless device drivers; user-space drivers; and drivers for embedded Linux-one of today's fastest growing areas of Linux development. For each, Venkateswaran explains the technology, inspects relevant kernel source files, and walks through developing a complete example. - Addresses drivers discussed in no other book, including drivers for I2C, video, sound, PCMCIA, and different types of flash memory - Demystifies essential kernel services and facilities, including kernel threads and helper interfaces - Teaches polling, asynchronous notification, and I/O control - Introduces the Inter-Integrated Circuit Protocol for embedded Linux drivers - Covers multimedia device drivers using the Linux-Video subsystem and Linux-Audio framework - Shows how Linux implements support for wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, Infrared, WiFi, and cellular networking - Describes the entire driver development lifecycle, through debugging and maintenance - Includes reference appendixes covering Linux assembly, BIOS calls, and Seq files
About the Author
Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran has spent more than a decade working in IBM product development laboratories. He has ported Linux to devices ranging from wristwatches and music players to PDAs, VoIP phones, and even pacemaker programmers. He was a Contributing Editor and kernel columnist for Linux Magazine for more than two years.
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And so far, it's gone over everything I'm looking for in pretty darn good details. At least enough to get me going...
For example, misc drivers. Not many books devote this many pages to a misc driver, yet anyone doing true embedded software at one point or another MUST write a misc driver.
In my opinion, to discuss big system the rule of thumb is to get the big picture. That is the strength of this book. The first 4 Chapters give very concise big picture of how kernel works and what we can utilize kernel resource. Also, the author often walk us through some of linux codes. Author carefully chooses the clip of source-code so that we can understand the big picture better.
"Linux Device Drivers" takes a different style. It brings out some concepts as they developed different or more complicated drivers. A lot of details interleave into the discussion. Personally, I didn't like this style. It seems that I need to read at least half of the book to understand the big picture and the critical points that authors try to convey.
Critics about this book is usually about the too simple examples and too brief about some details. For former one, I think it is better to study simple one driver code. Example from "Linux Device Drivers" is usually too complicated for me. For the later one, I believe author usually point out some source code to read.
For readers, I suggest to stay at this book. If the new version of "Linux Device Drivers" comes out, you may also need one.
Very exhaustive too.
I hesitated for 5 stars, and had to decide, so I decided for ****
I hope a second Edition will be written, covering the more recent versions of the kernel, the latest features.