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Mastering Linux Kernel Development

By : CH Raghav Maruthi
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Mastering Linux Kernel Development

By: CH Raghav Maruthi

Overview of this book

Mastering Linux Kernel Development looks at the Linux kernel, its internal arrangement and design, and various core subsystems, helping you to gain significant understanding of this open source marvel. You will look at how the Linux kernel, which possesses a kind of collective intelligence thanks to its scores of contributors, remains so elegant owing to its great design. This book also looks at all the key kernel code, core data structures, functions, and macros, giving you a comprehensive foundation of the implementation details of the kernel’s core services and mechanisms. You will also look at the Linux kernel as well-designed software, which gives us insights into software design in general that are easily scalable yet fundamentally strong and safe. By the end of this book, you will have considerable understanding of and appreciation for the Linux kernel.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
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Through this chapter, we have gained a generic understanding of a typical filesystem, its fabric and design, and what makes it an elemental part of an operating system. This chapter also emphasizes the importance and elegance of abstraction, using the common, layered architecture design which the kernel comprehensively imbibes. We have also stretched our understanding of the VFS and its common file interface that facilitates the common file API and its internal structures. In the next chapter, we will shall explore another facet of memory management called a virtual memory manager that deals with process virtual address spaces and page tables.