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Understanding the Linux Kernel by Daniel P. Bovet
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Jul 27, 2007

really liked it
Read in February, 2003

Want to be a kernel hacker? Don't start with this book. It's much better as a reference. For example, the whole discussion on the process address space is very confusing because it assumes that you already understand a whole bunch about protected mode programming on the x86, and, when discussing the implementation of page tables, etc, doesn't really make it clear that some facets of the implementation are due to i386 limitations, while others are conscious design decisions by the Linux kernel developers. The book is riddled with this sort of thing and it's more likely to obfuscate than to elucidate.

Still, if you're not going in cold, this is a very valuable book that every kernel hacker should have on his/her desk.
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