Understanding the Linux Kernel, 1st & 3rd Editions HD PDF, EPUB

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The kernel of Linux is responsible for handling all the interactions between CPU and outside world, deciding the order of all programs share the processor time, effectively managing hundreds or thousands of processes to share the limited memory available in system, skillfully planning the data transmission as a whole to save the time consumed by CPU on waiting for the slower hard drive. Therefore, in-depth study of the most essential parts of the Linux kernel lets you completely understand what makes Linux run normally and why it can work well in various system distributions.

The classic of Understanding the Linux Kernel is needless to be emphasized for many times, readers who are proficient in Linux should have heard of this book, and it is actually the first choice when Linux kernel hackers recommend some books to you. However, this book is likely to make you feel very, very boring when reading it through. In consequence, you’d better read it in combination with the actual code examples, so as to understand how they are implemented clearly. For this, AppNee only gives two suggestions. First, when you read it in detail, you don’t have to strictly follow the original order of all chapters, but it is best to start from point to surface, to learn some basic implementation methods, then to connect these knowledge points together along with code samples. Second, actively explore some knowledge points that were not covered detailedly in this book but have been implemented in the kernel; or some parts of the kernel that have been greatly changed over the years.

The following books can be read as an aid: Linux Device Drivers, Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective, Professional Linux Kernel Architecture, Linux Kernel Development, Understanding the Linux Kernel. But before reading all of these books, you’d better master the C language first, and learn some simple Shell syntax. Here I also recommend a book about Shell: UNIX Shells by Example.

// Table Of Contents //

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Memory Addressing
  • Chapter 3 Processes
  • Chapter 4 Interrupts and Exceptions
  • Chapter 5 Kernel Synchronization
  • Chapter 6 Timing Measurements
  • Chapter 7 Process Scheduling
  • Chapter 8 Memory Management
  • Chapter 9 Process Address Space
  • Chapter 10 System Calls
  • Chapter 11 Signals
  • Chapter 12 The Virtual Filesystem
  • Chapter 13 I/O Architecture and Device Drivers
  • Chapter 14 Block Device Drivers
  • Chapter 15 The Page Cache
  • Chapter 16 Accessing Files
  • Chapter 17 Page Frame Reclaiming
  • Chapter 18 The Ext2 and Ext3 Filesystems
  • Chapter 19 Process Communication
  • Chapter 20 Program ExZecution
  • Appendix A System Startup
  • Appendix B Modules
  • Appendix Bibliography

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Edition Format Download Size
First Edition PDF 3.12 MB
Second Edition PDF (original) 5.34 MB
PDF (converted) 5.33 MB
EPUB 4.23 MB

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