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Linux Works - Part 1

Posted 01-01-2009 at 10:17 PM by xasanchez

I have bought several books on Linux, especially on the core of the operating system itself.

Wait a minute! All of them have very good work. All have very good forewords, contents, and almost all of them have the same chapter content and especially in the same order.

Look at me! I studied Electronics Engineering. My experience is about the two magnificent worlds of computer and telecommunications. Even for me, at the time of this writing I am 44, it is very hard to start reading that kind of books, and when they tell me in the preface that I am going to learn a lot in a very easy way, I feel very frustrated. All the time, it is not true.

The authors are actually recognized authorities in the matters, but there is always something missing in their stories. They never see that world from the very beginner point of view of things. Like when you start your very first "C" program, the well-known "hello world", most authors do it in a very easy way. But when it comes to the Linux kernel "understanding", authors do not come to the ground as to explain from the very beginning, how even starting the computer really works. And I think that a plenty of effort could be reduced to readers, if they could just explain that single event (or series of events). That is what I am going to intend to do in this series of blogs, as my contribution to the ones that like clarity, simplicity and sincerity.

If you keep reading my work as I go on, let me assure you that, all the HOW-TO's could be gathered in a single and simple way of looking at things. Please, keep in touch. From now on, my alias is i-one-2b-a-goottoo.
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  1. Old Comment

    Good luck!

    Clicking on LQ links nearly at random, I ran over your post.

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    Like when you start your very first "C" program, the well-known "hello world", most authors do it in a very easy way.
    You mean "type this in text editor, type that at command line?" This introduces the notion of a source text and a compiler. The kernel equivalent is "lsmod", introducing modules. Do you know a kernel book that does not mention lsmod?

    BTW, the "hello world" is not as simple as you think. First, a very beginner will ask "what is a text editor?", "what is file you say it creates?", "what command line?", and "where should a compiler run?" Second, nobody does C programming that way, so the "hello world" example is misleading at best. If corrected, say to "start VI...", will it still be for a very beginner? Third, that "hello world" assumes a C compiler is readily available. What about setting up MINGW or Cygwin on Windows? Very easy for a very beginner, right? And you know, these days some Linux distros do not install gcc by default, causing the "hello world" to fail miserably.

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    But when it comes to the Linux kernel "understanding", authors do not come to the ground as to explain from the very beginning, how even starting the computer really works.
    They assume that if one is interested in the Linux kernel, then that one knows what kernels are and why they are necessary. I guess they are right doing so. Put differently, the kernel is for kernel hackers, not for very beginners. So, there is no problem with the Linux kernel books.

    I believe that the bootstrap process is well documented. BIOS docs go first, LILO or GRUB docs follow, next the kernel books may be helpful, and "man init" rounds it all up.

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    If you keep reading my work as I go on, let me assure you that, all the HOW-TO's could be gathered in a single and simple way of looking at things.
    HOW-TO's? I do not believe it! How-to's are for people who want a problem solved, while you want to explain what is going on.

    Even though I do not think that the problems you encountered are real, I wish you luck in your effort.
    If you compile an explanation of what is going on from the power button to the KDE screen, it will be a very useful and, hopefully, interesting reading. I agree there are not enough texts of this kind.
    Posted 01-02-2009 at 02:10 PM by AGer AGer is offline
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    If nothing else has appeared since my first post, it is because I am writing my own text. One part at a time, but I have been unable to end up with the first yet. Do not laugh please, but I really want to come up with something very realistic.

    Please just wait.
    Thanks

    Xavier.
    Posted 03-08-2009 at 02:20 PM by xasanchez xasanchez is offline
 

  



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