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Linux Journal: Book Review: Linux Internals

Feb 17, 2001, 18:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glen Otero)

"I believe that one cannot attain Linux guru status without understanding its kernel and other innards. Lucky for me, then, Linux Internals offers an eight-fold path toward Linux enlightenment in the form of eight chapters that cover the kernel, system calls, signals, interrupts, processes, virtual memory, scheduler and file systems."

"But beware eager apprentices; the Linux Internals path should be tread only after one possesses a working knowledge of operating system theory and the C programming language. For newbies this book is not. Difficult to categorize, Linux Internals is more of a reference work than anything. The dense content and delivery fall just shy of textbook classification. Yet, unlike reference tomes, I was able to read it cover to cover like fiction. Each topic is covered in depth, some more than others, with references to other operating systems, mostly Solaris, made for comparison."

"The material covered in Linux Internals is required reading for any aspiring Linux kernel hacker, high performance junkie and guru wannabe. I can recommend this text to Linux guru candidates because Moshe Bar has crafted an informative book that strikes a keen balance between an operating system text and a programming manual. With the inclusion of several different Linux kernel versions leading up to and including 2.3.99 -pre5 on CD-ROM, as well as a few journaling file system and volume manager goodies, the book also encourages one to tinker."

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