The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System
||Author: Marshall Kirk McKusick, Keith Bostic, Michael J. Karels, John S. Quarterman|
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (30 April, 1996)
Sales Rank: 39,435
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
packed with facts, however there is little joy
If you are already a BSD kernel expert you might use this as a reference. If you're an advanced "userland" programmer who wants to start learning about kernel internels, this is one way to proceed but, it is very, very difficult.
I wish Kirk had decided to show us more of the joy of programming the kernel. If he had, the book would have been worth at least twice it's current price.
Rating: 5 out of 5
very good, nice, funny, professional kernel hacking
well, just see the authors,..
in my opinion, the overall text is very good designed, easy to read, and gives you a good overview of the kernel.
although im not a professional kernel hacking, it explains you how the system works, lettign you "grep" through the source, (get 4.3 bsd from ftp://ftp.funet.fi/unix first), very good.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great book on BSD 4.4, but make sure you've read Bach first
While this book has been written by some of the best in the UNIX arena, their strong focus on packing a lot of content into these pages at times can prove a burden to the reader.
Reading through the chapters, it appears that the book could have been rendered more readable if a knowledgeable technical editor had put the finishing touches on it.
Nevertheless, even though it takes a bit of time to get used to the different writing styles and differences in quality of several chapters, this books is a well of insights into the internal workings of BSD 4.4 and its derivatives (like Mac OS X).
In order to gain the most from this title, I strongly urge interested readers to already have worked their way through Maurice J. Bach's "The Design of the UNIX Operating System".
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