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Old October 29th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Default Beginning Linux Programming 4th edition

I was going through the 4th edition of the "Beginning Linux Programming" which is a gold standard when it comes to linux programming. I was profoundly sad to see that Matthew/Stones decided to remove a complete
chapter on Kernel programming from the latest edition. I was looking forward to an enhanced text from them, but instead we might be looking
at a rehash (plus reduced material) in this latest edition. Alas, the 3rd edition still seems to be the text to have.

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It seems that I am so lucky because I bought the third edition,my teacher tells me to have a try to design a driver for flash disk,I am tring...thanks for the book!

The Linux is you,you are the Linux!
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The Makefiles and includes and code for the original "schar" device example have been outdated by some changes in at least some of the linux releases. Debian for sure no longer works. I don't know what the exact changes are but it seems that it might have fragmented how to write kernels.

Some writing by the authors explaining why they dropped that chapter would be helpful. Even in the older editions, the schar device was one of the more complicated and involved examples. There are some books that focus just on writing device drivers for linux. It could be that it was just too complicated and fragmented to be useful.

However, I do agree with the sentiment that it was an important part of the original book. Even if one never writes a driver, having how the kernel interacts with the devices was very enlightening.

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