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Linux Device Drivers (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Februar 2005

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Device drivers literally drive everything you're interested in--disks, monitors, keyboards, modems--everything outside the computer chip and memory. And writing device drivers is one of the few areas of programming for the Linux operating system that calls for unique, Linux-specific knowledge. For years now, programmers have relied on the classic Linux Device Drivers from O'Reilly to master this critical subject. Now in its third edition, this bestselling guide provides all the information you'll need to write drivers for a wide range of devices. Over the years the book has helped countless programmers learn: * how to support computer peripherals under the Linux operating system * how to develop and write software for new hardware under Linux * the basics of Linux operation even if they are not expecting to write a driver The new edition of Linux Device Drivers is better than ever. The book covers all the significant changes to Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, which simplifies many activities, and contains subtle new features that can make a driver both more efficient and more flexible.

Readers will find new chapters on important types of drivers not covered previously, such as consoles, USB drivers, and more. Best of all, you don't have to be a kernel hacker to understand and enjoy this book. All you need is an understanding of the C programming language and some background in Unix system calls. And for maximum ease-of-use, the book uses full-featured examples that you can compile and run without special hardware. Today Linux holds fast as the most rapidly growing segment of the computer market and continues to win over enthusiastic adherents in many application areas. With this increasing support, Linux is now absolutely mainstream, and viewed as a solid platform for embedded systems. If you're writing device drivers, you'll want this book. In fact, you'll wonder how drivers are ever written without it.

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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.


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This book is well written to get into the details of Linux device driver writing - certainly for someone who knows some C and something about OS internals.

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.
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Habe die ersten Kapitel gelesen, musste es dann aus Zeitmangel kurz bei Seite legen. Für einen Neuling auf dem Gebiet meiner Meinung nach perfekt, ein gewisses Basiswissen ist jedoch nicht schlecht, ohne tut man sich ein wenig schwerer. Nichts desto trotz würde ich das Buch jedem empfehlen und wieder kaufen.
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Wenn Sie tatsächlich einen Linux-Treiber schreiben wollen oder müssen, dann kaufen Sie diese Buch. Es wird Ihnen gute Dienste leisten.

Wenn Sie "nur mal so" reinschauen wollen, ist es meiner Meinung nach zu teuer.

Es ist recht umfangreich und brauchbar gegliedert. Man kommt damit zurecht.

Den fünften Stern hätte ich vergeben, wenn das Buch
* etwas straffer gefasst wäre
* dafür die übergeordneten Prinzipien klarer herausgestellt hätte (dann muss man viele Dinge gar nicht mehr im Detail nachlesen)
* und noch ein paar "best practise" Ansätze eingebracht hätte. Z.B. eine Kapitel "typische Fehler und was man dagegen tut".

Chromglanz-Lösung wäre eine downloadbare VM mit der man gleich losprobieren könnte.

Fazit:
Ganz ordentlich.
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When I started reading this book, the first thing that I didn't like was, there were no comprehensive examples which you could type and run to see the code in action. The code is scattered in small bits all over, but once you get used to the fact that this is about device drivers and not programming, you appreciate it. Only the relevant and explained code is put at any given point so you see only already referenced material.

I consider this book also as a sort of introduction to the Linux kernel because it does the job of explaining drivers so well. I recommend reading the book through quickly and then again, this time writing your own drivers. You'll be up to speed in no time.
Yes, it's that good!
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HASH(0x9d5054bc) von 5 Sternen 3rd edition is somewhat outdated by now, needs to be updated 27. Dezember 2012
Von Gregor A. Glawitsch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book specifically to learn how to write a block device driver for CentOS 6.3 / RHEL 6.3

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.
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HASH(0x9d41f0fc) von 5 Sternen Highly Overrated, but the only text on the market. 15. Juli 2010
Von d. time - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Honestly, I really don't understand how anyone can give this book 5 stars. To start off on a positive tone, I'll say what I liked about it.

1) Lots of information. There is no denying this, it is very informitive. However, this is a double edged swords (will discuss later)

2) The basic drivers are described pretty well. The scull driver is a good way to ease into driver development, imo. Simple enough that it's not too overwhelming and ununderstandable, but not overly simple so that you actually get an idea of what's going on.

3) It's free.

That's it for the positives. Now for a huge list of negatives.

1) Most of the information is irrelevent. I feel like the authors lost focus as the book went on, and forgot they were not writing a general "Linux Kernel" book but a specific book for drivers. Many a time do they spend pages upon pages going on about something, only to mention "but this is never used by read driver developers" at the end. You end up in a really unpleasant situation where you have to sift through a bunch of useless info to get to the useful stuff. Most of the time I ended up just searching google, and got better results.

2) Lack of more complex examples. Let's face it, no one needs to write an extremely simple char driver. However, that's as complex as the examples get. Beyond the scull driver, it's just code fragments. I sincerely hope you don't have to write a serial tty device. Which leads me to my next point.

3) Outdated. Many kernel API changes have been made to the point where the code is no longer compilable (especially on the tty front). Methods used in the book have been done away with in the newer kernel API's.

Honestly, you're much better off just resorting to Google. If you want to write your own driver and you read through this book, you'll still have no idea where to start. The functions in the scull driver are well-described, but that's it. The authors use too much space writing about useless crap you really don't care about, and this comes at the expense of useful info
that will actually help you write drivers.

This book will probably come up on your google searches, and it might be worth it to skim the regular chapters. Honestly though, it's not going to tell you anything your other search results won't. This is most definitely not the "end all, be all" of writing linux drivers, it just happens to be the only one.
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HASH(0x9d41f03c) von 5 Sternen Good reference on Linux subsystems, not a book for starters 13. Oktober 2006
Von Vijay Venkatraman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is not for Linux (kernel) newbies but for those who already know their way around the kernel and seek detailed info on certain parts of it. This book has some good overviews on different subsystems of the Linux kernel. Some sections, like USB, have been expanded since the second edition of this book. I would have liked to see a section on the new 2.6 scheduler.

If you want to start off with Linux kernel programming, I would recommend Linux Kernel Development by Robert Love. These books, together with articles on the web, should certainly help anyone interested.
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HASH(0x9d4292d0) von 5 Sternen Becoming dated but still best on the subject 1. Juli 2011
Von Magnus Gille - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is becoming dated and it is showing sometimes. Some APIs no longer work or have changed but such is the nature of the Linux kernel and as a device driver developer you should be prepared to face this. Thankfully there hasn't been any major change (such as removing of bottom halves) although there are things on the horizon that will have an impact on this books subject. I wish the authors would consider writing a 4th edition of it, but this is as I said still the best on the subject as far as I know and I use it all the time when I'm developing device drivers.
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HASH(0x9d429474) von 5 Sternen Possibly still the best book on the subject 13. Dezember 2008
Von T. Mikov - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Even though the third edition is showing its age - it covers kernel version 2.6.10, which is terribly old - in my opinion this is still the best book on the subject.

Generally, it is not possible to create an up to date tutorial for programming the Linux kernel, since it changes constantly. SO, the key is to introduce the reader to the way of thinking necessary in order to understand and develop for the kernel. I think this book succeeds marvelously.
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