Linux Kernel Programming, Second Edition

Linux Kernel Programming, 2nd Edition

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 826 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook; 2nd edition (February 29, 2024)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1803232226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1803232225

eBook Description:

Linux Kernel Programming, 2nd Edition: Gain both a firm practical understanding and sufficient theoretical insight into the inner workings of Linux kernel internals, learn to write high-quality kernel module code, understand the complexities of kernel synchronization

The Linux Kernel Programming, Second Edition is an updated, comprehensive guide for new programmers to the Linux kernel. This book uses the recent 6.1 Long-Term Support (LTS) Linux kernel series, which will be maintained until Dec 2026, and also delves into its many new features. Further, the Civil Infrastructure Project has pledged to maintain and support this 6.1 Super LTS (SLTS) kernel right until August 2033, keeping this book valid for years to come!

You’ll begin this exciting journey by learning how to build the kernel from source. In a step by step manner, you will then learn how to write your first kernel module by leveraging the kernel’s powerful Loadable Kernel Module (LKM) framework. With this foundation, you will delve into key kernel internals topics including Linux kernel architecture, memory management, and CPU (task) scheduling. You’ll finish with understanding the deep issues of concurrency, and gain insight into how they can be addressed with various synchronization/locking technologies (e.g., mutexes, spinlocks, atomic/refcount operators, rw-spinlocks and even lock-free technologies such as per-CPU and RCU).

  • Configure and build the 6.1 LTS kernel from source
  • Write high-quality modular kernel code (LKM framework) for 6.x kernels
  • Explore modern Linux kernel architecture
  • Get to grips with key internals details regarding memory management within the kernel
  • Understand and work with various dynamic kernel memory alloc/dealloc APIs
  • Discover key internals aspects regarding CPU scheduling within the kernel, including cgroups v2
  • Gain a deeper understanding of kernel concurrency issues
  • Learn how to work with key kernel synchronization primitives

By the end of this Linux Kernel Programming, 2nd Edition book, you’ll have a much better understanding of the fundamentals of writing the Linux kernel and kernel module code that can straight away be used in real-world projects and products.

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