UNIX Internals: The New Frontiers
||Author: Uresh Vahalia|
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Publisher: Prentice Hall (23 October, 1995)
Sales Rank: 33,401
Average Customer Rating: 4.81 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
The best operating systems book in existence
A certain small and select set of books can be found in any serious programmer's library. "UNIX Internals" is one of those books.
I originally encountered "UNIX Internals" in my undergraduate operating systems class. At the time, I liked it, but I didn't really appreciate its full beauty until I re-read it with a few years of operating systems experience under my belt. I work as an operating systems programmer for a living, and whenever my knowledge needs brushing up, I go back to this book.
Uresh Vahalia does an excellent job of comparing and analyzing the approaches taken by different operating systems, rather than merely describing them. His deep understanding of the topic is what really sets this book apart. In addition, it is well written, conveniently organized, and thoroughly indexed. If you really want to understand operating systems, this is the perfect book for you.
As others have noted, this book is not for the beginner. You should probably have a minimum of three years of computer science experience before picking this book up.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great book tolearn about diff. flavours of UNIX
If you need to learn different flavours of UNIX, this is an excellent book. This book is worth reading cover to cover.
Rating: 5 out of 5
I found this book to be extremely helpful in studying for my OS PhD prelims. It really lays out the issues and presents solutions taken by SVR4, BSD, Mach, and Solaris in a clear fashion. Excellent detail. The Mach stuff is great, but it looks like it was almost cut and paste from the research papers. This book isnt for novices. I recommend using the BSD4.4 book as well. Both books dont look at Windows at all (for obvious reasons), so a look at the Dinosaur book (Operating System Concepts) is helpful as well for the case studies. You should have a
clear understanding of OS after finishing this book.
· Understanding the Linux Kernel (2nd Edition)
· Design of the UNIX Operating System
· The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System
· Solaris Internals: Core Kernel Architecture
· UNIX(R) Systems for Modern Architectures: Symmetric Multiprocessing and Caching for Kernel Programmers