Linux Kernel Development

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Pearson Education, Jun 22, 2010 - Computers - 480 pages
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Linux Kernel Development details the design and implementation of the Linux kernel, presenting the content in a manner that is beneficial to those writing and developing kernel code, as well as to programmers seeking to better understand the operating system and become more efficient and productive in their coding.

 

The book details the major subsystems and features of the Linux kernel, including its design, implementation, and interfaces. It covers the Linux kernel with both a practical and theoretical eye, which should appeal to readers with a variety of interests and needs.

 

The author, a core kernel developer, shares valuable knowledge and experience on the 2.6 Linux kernel. Specific topics covered include process management, scheduling, time management and timers, the system call interface, memory addressing, memory management, the page cache, the VFS, kernel synchronization, portability concerns, and debugging techniques. This book covers the most interesting features of the Linux 2.6 kernel, including the CFS scheduler, preemptive kernel, block I/O layer, and I/O schedulers.

 

The third edition of Linux Kernel Development includes new and updated material throughout the book:

  • An all-new chapter on kernel data structures
  • Details on interrupt handlers and bottom halves
  • Extended coverage of virtual memory and memory allocation
  • Tips on debugging the Linux kernel
  • In-depth coverage of kernel synchronization and locking
  • Useful insight into submitting kernel patches and working with the Linux kernel community
  

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Must have book for Linux Kernel

User Review  - Bipin Bharti - Flipkart

I had bought this book 6 months back went through recently. I found this book extremely good for beginners and for the best output I would suggest "Understanding Linux Kernel" in parallel for best output. Read full review

good bt not for everyone..

User Review  - Pradeep Kumar - Flipkart

This is a good book on Kernel...but its not for everyone...such as who are beginner in Linux and also who have good experience but doesn't have operating system and scripting knowledge. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Preface
About the Author
1 Introduction to the Linux Kernel
2 Getting Started with the Kernel
3 Process Management
4 Process Scheduling
5 System Calls
11 Timers and Time Management
12 Memory Management
13 The Virtual Filesystem
14 The Block IO Layer
15 The Process Address Space
16 The Page Cache and Page Writeback
17 Devices and Modules
18 Debugging

6 Kernel Data Structures
7 Interrupts and Interrupt Handlers
8 Bottom Halves and Deferring Work
9 An Introduction to Kernel Synchronization
10 Kernel Synchronization Methods
19 Portability
20 Patches Hacking and the Community
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Robert Love is an open source programmer, speaker, and author who has been using and contributing to Linux for more than 15 years. He is currently senior software engineer at Google, where he was a member of the team that developed the Android mobile platform’s kernel. Prior to Google, he was Chief Architect, Linux Desktop, at Novell. Before Novell, he was a kernel engineer at MontaVista Software and Ximian.

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Love’s kernel projects include the preemptive kernel, the process scheduler, the kernel events layer, inotify,VM enhancements, and several device drivers.

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He has given numerous talks on and has written multiple articles about the Linux kernel and is a contributing editor for Linux Journal. His other books include Linux System Programming and Linux in a Nutshell.

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