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LinuxPlanet: Linux Device Drivers Demystified

Sep 23, 1999, 15:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Andrews)

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"People new to Linux often hear that it has excellent support for all kinds of cards and that the device drivers are stable and fast. Sometimes, though, setting up devices under Linux is often not all plug-and-play."

"Linux device drivers work through special kernel code that directly accesses the hardware. To make the services that the card or other device offers available to normal user programs, the kernel uses the special files..."

"...The reason that Linux device drivers lead to less rebooting is that we can reconfigure, load or unload them without restarting the system."

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