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Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition Paperback – February 22, 2005
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About the Author
Jonathan Corbet got his first look at the BSD Unix source back in 1981, when an instructor at the University of Colorado let him "fix" the paging algorithm. He has been digging around inside every system he could get his hands on ever since, working on drivers for VAX, Sun, Ardent, and x86 systems on the way. He got his first Linux system in 1993, and has never looked back. Mr. Corbet is currently the co-founder and executive editor of Linux Weekly News (http://LWN.net/); he lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children.
Alessandro installed Linux 0.99.14 soon after getting his degree as electronic engineer. He then received a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Pavia despite his aversion toward modern technology. He left the University after getting his Ph.D. because he didn't want to write articles. He now works as a free lancer writing device drivers and, um...articles. He used to be a young hacker before his babies were born; he's now an old advocate of Free Software who developed a bias for non-PC computer platforms.
Greg Kroah-Hartman has been writing Linux kernel drivers since 1999, and is currently the maintainer for the USB, PCI, I2C, driver core, and sysfs kernel subsystems. He is also the maintainer of the udev and hotplug userspace programs, as well as being a Gentoo kernel maintainer, ensuring that his email inbox is never empty. He is a contributing editor to Linux Journal Magazine, and works for IBM's Linux Technology Center, doing various Linux kernel related tasks.
- Item Weight : 2.22 pounds
- Paperback : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780596005900
- ISBN-13 : 978-0596005900
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.3 x 9.19 inches
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 3rd edition (February 22, 2005)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0596005903
- Best Sellers Rank: #245,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alas, Linux has moved on since the 3rd edition was printed (2009) and kernel functions used in the example code, like elv_next_request(), or macros like blk_fs_request(), have since been *removed* from Linux, rendering this book somewhat obsolete.
For my driver, I need worker threads, and these can be implemented by means of workqueues.
Workqueues are a very important tool for the driver writer - basically, they are the kernel equivalent of user-space pthreads. If you want your driver to do things in parallel, you pretty much have to use workqueues.
Unfortunately, while there is a section on workqueues in this book, this section is rather short - just a few pages long.
All in all, this book did not meet my expectations.
This book has a description of all you need to write drivers for Linux, assuming you have written drivers for other OSes or bare metal before.
Beware of two things:
- This book is not up to date with the fast-changing Linux kernel, however, most differences with recent kernels can easily be overcame;
- The exact same content can be found online for free, legally. I just like having a paper copy for reference.
I hope some day to have time to go back and read it from cover to cover... then i might know one-tenth of what its authors know about Linux.
I'm looking forward to the 4th edition, which is due out later this year. I'll definitely buy it to keep around as a reference.
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However, it's geared towards older versions of Linux kernels, so for current releases there are subtle differences which can be
figured out at the usual cost of search, digest, and try. (one might blame Amazon for selling "old" books)
What I found also missing, are the up-to-date sources of the sample drivers. But updating the old sources to the new kernel is of course a great learning experience, though maybe not the desire of everyone.