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bjourne · 2015-08-14 · Original thread
avinassh · 2015-03-17 · Original thread
I love his Operating Systems book [0] which explains OS Concepts using Minix code

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aray · 2013-08-25 · Original thread
Tanenbaum's ineffable "Operating Systems Design and Implementation" and MINIX (a learning OS) existed then, and was what Linus Torvalds studied before creating Linux:

reginaldo · 2012-07-19 · Original thread
Yes, you're right. For my OS class when I was in school, instead of doing the proposed homework, I convinced the professor to let me do a x86 OS. We were a group of 3. I started doing everything in C with as little as assembly as possible, but the other two decidet to do an all-assembly little monster.

At the end of the course, we had only the boot loader and a little command interpreter, aside from FAT-12 support.

Then, much later, I messed with OS by playing with the code from the Minix Book [1].

Last year I wrote a little emulator for a virtually unknown architecture that can run uClinux on a modern browser (i.e., Chrome)[2].

[1] Operating System Design and Implemenation:


klt0825 · 2011-12-31 · Original thread
I have been keeping a list of books I used to augment my CS Masters Degree courses on various topics, here are the relevant ones I have found useful for the topics you have listed:

--Computer Organization--:

Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective

I liked this much better than Computer Organization and Design by Patterson and Hennessy which everyone has encountered at some point. The developer-centric view was very cool.

--Computer Security--:

Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core

Most 'hacking' books are goofy. This one is very good and doubles nicely as a hackers operating systems text.

Web Application Hackers Handbook

Very nice overview for web concerns.

--Operating Systems-:

Operating System Design and Implementation

I don't agree with Tanenbaum's views on micro vs. monolithic kernels but this book is a great mix of theory and implementation.

Linux Kernel Devleopment

I used this to get a feel for the monolithic implementations of topics covered by Tanenbaum.


TCP/IP Illustrated Series. More than you would ever want to know.

l0nwlf · 2010-12-23 · Original thread
Try this book ( ).

It is written be Andrew S Tanenbaum, the author of minix. The book contains whole of minix source code. Nothing beats learning from reading actual codes. Linus Torvalds was inspired by this book. In his autobiography "Just For Fun", Torvalds describes it as "the book that launched me to new heights".

rickr · 2010-12-09 · Original thread
OSDev ( ) has a bunch of great stuff. Start at the top and work your way down.

Also, Operating Systems Design and Implementation, aka the Minix book, is an amazing resource.( )

Actually, I'd recommend the latest version of OSDI, which is fairly recent, and contains the complete source for MINIX3 (in text form, and on CD):

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