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 Post subject: Recommended way to learn operating systems theory and design
PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:38 am 
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Hey everyone! I'm a recent EE grad that has gone the software route for my career, so I've missed some CS-specific work in school. I've always regretted not taking an operating systems course- to me, operating systems are black magic.

Please recommend a way to learn OS design and theory! It would be awesome if there are exercises and projects along the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended way to learn operating systems theory and de
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:02 am 
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HiroyuYulin wrote:
Hey everyone! I'm a recent EE grad that has gone the software route for my career, so I've missed some CS-specific work in school. I've always regretted not taking an operating systems course- to me, operating systems are black magic.

Please recommend a way to learn OS design and theory! It would be awesome if there are exercises and projects along the way.VidMate Mobdro


Can't recommend doing it via books, and studying existing systems. Have a look at the existing Books wiki page.

I'd particularly recommend "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System" and "Windows Internals" to give a flavour of the black magic in contemporary modern operating systems.

Another good place to start would be with Xv6. For me, having an out of the box setup that you can GDB into and step through the code helps cement how things work, and takes the black magic away. Running up Xv6 in qemu and attaching GDB is what gave me the confidence to start my own implementation.


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Given the two 'hidden' links the OP tried to sneak in there at the end of their post, I doubt this is a sincere request for help.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommended way to learn operating systems theory and de
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I would recommend you to start by watching CS50 course.

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The XINU book is old but good. it helped me get a grasp of the big picture, and see it wasn't so big after all (just a lot of work)

Then, again, so did osdev.org. So you are already on the right path!

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If your EE grad, go into the CE aspect not CS.

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