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Fwd: Linux guru needed to write device driver. Burlington, Massachusetts.

On Tue, 4 Mar 2003 13:54:17 -0500
"Wizard" <wizard at> wrote:

> I'm not so sure it's that easy. I haven't written any true OS device
> drivers, but I have written hardware-level code, 8051 embedded code,
> and 80x86 assembly language stuff, and for that I really had to
> understand some things about how the hardware itself worked (I/O
> lines, fetch/store procedures, memory addressing, timings, etc). Much
> of the interfaces to the hardware on the platforms that I have worked
> were basically just simple re-implementations of what the chips on the
> board did. I have an electronics background, so I understood how the
> chips themselves worked and could see it in the interface. I don't
> know that it would be a simple thing for someone lacking that
> experience to just 'pick-up' (I could easily be wrong though). I don't
> think that most high-level languages like Perl, Tcl, C++, or even C
> reflect what the machine is actually doing.
Writing hardware level code and writing device drivers are two different
things. I have not written any Linux device drivers, and only one Unix
one, but I have written them for other systems. The problem with a
device driver is that it is a balancing act. You've got to understand
the hardware (one skill), the OS internals, such as buffering,
multi-tasking stuff like spinlocks and semaphores, and performance. A
poorly written device driver can affect an entire system, even if it is
a slow device like a terminal. 
Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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