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UNIX Internals by Uresh Vahalia
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Jul 29, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: finished
Read in February, 2003

This is the most awesome book ever. No, I'm serious. It's the Chuck Norris of OS design books. It does a comparative analysis of the way in which several Unix variants implement each concept presented in the book (as well as the Mach kernel), and gives the reader a sense of historical context for each concept. As someone with less than a year of university under my belt, I had struggled for years to understand kernel internals, and mostly in vain. I tore through this book in about a week, and then read it again. It blew the doors off of kernel design for me, and suddenly everything was demystified.

If you've been through operating system design courses, maybe you won't have as much of a boner for it as I do, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this excellent book.

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