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Old 02-10-2017, 10:33 AM   #1
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writing a simple Driver for Linux

I would like to write a very simple driver for Linux just for experience and to get better understanding of the kernel internals.

I found this article where this guy writes a driver for a USB Visual Signal Indicator. I really enjoyed the article and got me in the mood to do something similar however the specific hardware is quite expensive for me.

Is there any other simple hardware where you can write a simple driver?

Can you recommend any other idea for writing a simple driver for a device ?

I don`t like to just create a "hello world" driver for a virtual device"
Old 02-10-2017, 11:28 AM   #2
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A little off topic but have you seen the Eudytula Challenge? It's pretty interesting and if I remember right there is a section/challenge for drivers. Best of luck.
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if you wish you can buy a raspberry pi (or similar) and some hardware (a few leds, or whatever you like). You can write a simple driver for that and also user space programs to check if that works.
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Get the full scoop with a modern book. This is older but has basis.

I think BeOS had blinky lights. You could write a driver to make the lights go on or off. Doubt it would be that easy in any of today's hardware. More than a few layers to go through.

Steps on making a driver.

One is to look at others work, for example on a NIC. They may have documented that they used this or that to get going. Having the source code of a similar device is MOST helpful. Writing from scratch is very difficult for a newbie. If you have source for some device then you can look at it and use tools to step it through or view errors. The simple changing of a chip model on a very common product is enough to make driver writers go crazy.

I'll say this but you rarely have access to it. If you have design metrics or other inside information about a device that tends to be the most help. In some cases looking at windows drivers or mac drivers helps the author create a driver.

I wish you the best of luck. Some folks seem to do much better at figuring out drivers than others. You may have a knack for it.

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