- Paperback: 944 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (November 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596005652
- ISBN-13: 978-0596005658
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Daniel P. Bovet got a Ph.D. in computer science at UCLA in 1968 and is now full Professor at the University of Rome, "Tor Vergata," Italy. He had to wait over 25 years before being able to teach an operating system course in a proper manner because of the lack of source code for modern, well-designed systems. Now, thanks to cheap PCs and to Linux, Marco and Dan are able to cover all the facets of an operating system from booting to tuning and are able to hand out tough, satisfying homework to their students. (These young guys working at home on their PCs are really spoiled; they never had to fight with punched cards.) In fact, Dan was so fascinated by the accomplishments of Linus Torvalds and his followers that he spent the last few years trying to unravel some of Linux's mysteries. It seemed natural, after all that work, to write a book about what he found.
Marco Cesati received a degree in mathematics in 1992 and a Ph.D. in computer science (University of Rome, "La Sapienza") in 1995. He is now a research assistant in the computer science department of the School of Engineering (University of Rome, "Tor Vergata"). In the past, he served as system administrator and Unix programmer for the university (as a Ph.D. student) and for several institutions (as a consultant).
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What I love about it most, is how long it takes me to find, understand, and incorporate what I need to get working- The layout is fantastic that way, and info presented in a clear way, which is easy to understand :)
Totally Recommended. (pick up the programming interface from no starch press as well)
The only reason it's not 5 stars is b/c I bought the kindle edition, where all the tables (which hold important data!) are completely mangled. Other kindle books use scans of the tables, and other ebook systems spend engineering time on making tables display well.
However, the content is a little old. You cannot even find important topic such as CFS inside.
This book is well written in a concise manner. Always has at least a little bit of the info I'm looking for. For example: how not to invoke the "big kernel lock" for device driver invocation and profiling. Not true for the other bloated book: "Linux Kernel Architecture".
The security_assert function saves the contents of some of the registers by the following:
Even being good at assembly, how this code works is not apparent. All non assembly functions are very shortly described in tables. Many are not more in depth than security_getaram: gets security parameters
My afvice: stay away f I'm this book. Try Robert Love's book
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Doesn't have example coding, it's not a reference book for kernel hacking, but it's a...Read more
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