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The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System

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The most complete, authoritative technical guide to the FreeBSD kernel's internal structure has now been extensively updated to cover all major improvements between Versions 5 and 11. Approximately one-third of this edition's content is completely new, and another one-third has been extensively rewritten. Three long-time FreeBSD project leaders begin with a concise overvie ...more
Hardcover, 928 pages
Published September 5th 2014 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published August 1st 2004)
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Koen Crolla
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Misleading title: this book is almost exclusively about the FreeBSD kernel, not the OS as a whole. The kernel isn't very interesting; for the most part, it's a bog standard Unix kernel, and the things it does differently can be described in about a dozen pages. Most of those things are really uninteresting (capsicum), not original to FreeBSD (DTrace), well-known to everyone because FreeBSD users won't shut up about them (jails), or all three (ZFS).
Still, if you're interested in the FreeBSD kerne
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Ruslan Latypov
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book contains a bit outdated information, but still has some useful things e.g. description of tcp slow start implementation in the FreeBSD.
Carter
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The BSD line of Unix operating systems have been detailed for a long time in a series of books. BSD however quite sometime ago has moved to open source. The second edition of the book has a lot of rich technical information and is very well written. It includes a new ZFS section. This book isn't only about the kernel but key components of the operating system as whole. Overall I really liked it even though I skimmed some sections just to find key pieces of information I might need for a project ...more
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Oct 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
mentioned in UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th edition)
Salim
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After picking up Lions' commentary on UNIX, I also dusted off my copy of this detailed examination of FreeBSD. In particular I am reading the sections about the design of the kernel and process management. ...more
Graham Lee
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to pretend this is an easy book to get through. It's an information-dense guide to the FreeBSD kernel (not the whole OS as the title might suggest). ...more
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