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Linux Kernel Development, Second Edition by Robert Love

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Chapter 19. Portability

Linux is a portable operating system that supports a wide range of computer architectures. Portability refers to how easily—if at all—code can move from one system architecture to another. We all know that Linux is portable because it has already been ported to various systems. But this portability did not occur overnight—it required many important design decisions along the way. Consequently, it is now easy (relatively speaking) to bring Linux up on a new system. This chapter discusses how to write portable code—the issues you need to keep in mind when writing core kernel code or device drivers.

Some operating systems are designed with portability as a primary feature. As little code as possible is machine specific. Assembly ...

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