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1 Introduction to the Linux Kernel 2 Getting Started with the Kernel 3 Process Management 4 Process Scheduling 5 System Calls 6 Kernel Data Structures 7 Interrupts and Interrupt Handlers 8 Bottom Halves and Deferring Work 9 An Introduction to Kernel Synchronization 10 Kernel Synchronization Methods 11 Timers and Time Management 12 Memory Management 13 The Virtual Filesystem 14 The Block I/O Layer 15 The Process Address Space 16 The Page Cache and Page Writeback 17 Devices and Modules 18 Debugging 19 Portability 20 Patches, Hacking, and the Community

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The third edition of the authoritative, practical introduction to the Linux kernel for programmers who want to better understand the Linux kernel and write and develop kernel code. Authored by a well-known member of the Linux kernel development team, with a reputation for a highly readable and focused writing style, this edition has been thoroughly updated and includes improved coverage of all the major subsystems and features of the latest version of the Linux 2.6.xx kernel.

About the Author

Robert Love is an open source programmer, speaker, and author who has been using and contributing to Linux for more than 15 years. He is currently senior software engineer at Google, where he was a member of the team that developed the Android mobile platform's kernel. Prior to Google, he was Chief Architect, Linux Desktop, at Novell. Before Novell, he was a kernel engineer at MontaVista Software and Ximian. ? Love's kernel projects include the preemptive kernel, the process scheduler, the kernel events layer, inotify,VM enhancements, and several device drivers. ? He has given numerous talks on and has written multiple articles about the Linux kernel and is a contributing editor for Linux Journal. His other books include Linux System Programming and Linux in a Nutshell.

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