Synopses & Reviews
Having already helped two generations of programmers explore Linux and write devices, the fourth edition of this classic book delves into tty, USB, and HCI devices such as keyboards, in addition to basic character devices. Linux Device Drivers includes numerous full-featured examples that you can compile and run without special hardware.
Written by well-known leaders in Linux development and programming, this book covers significant changes to Version 3.2 of the Linux kernel, the basis of the Precise Pangolin release of Ubuntu. All you need to get started is an understanding of the C programming language and some background in Unix system calls.
- Learn how to support computer peripherals under the Linux operating system
- Develop and write software for new hardware that Linux supports
- Understand the basics of Linux operation, even if you don't expect to write a driver
- Dive into new chapters on video, audio, wireless, and Bluetooth devices
As the operating system for Android and many embedded systems, Linux constantly needs new device drivers. This book helps you get it done.
About the Author
Jessica McKellar is a software engineer from Cambridge, MA. She enjoys the Internet, networking, low-level systems engineering, and contributing to and helping other people contribute to open source software. She is a Twisted maintainer, organizer for the Boston Python user group, and a local STEM volunteer.
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 building the Linux kernel since 1996 and started writing Linux kernel drivers in 1999. He is currently the maintainer of the USB, PCI, driver core and sysfs subsystems in the kernel source tree and is also one half of the -stable kernel release team. He created the udev program and maintains the Linux hotplug userspace project. He is a Gentoo Linux developer as well as the co-author of the third edition of the "Linux Device Drivers" book and a contributing editor to Linux Journal. He also created and maintains the Linux Device Driver Kit. He currently works for SuSE Labs/Novell, doing various Linux kernel related tasks.