- Hardcover: 701 pages
- Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 2 edition (February 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1498712436
- ISBN-13: 978-1498712439
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What sets this book aside from the mass of books on operating systems is its focus on a single real-world operating systems, namely Xinu, which is a commercially used, yet lean, clearly designed, modular operating system for embedded, single-core systems. … The book is surprisingly easy to read; essential data structures and algorithms are presented in source code and discussed adequately, allowing for a very good understanding of the entire operating system. … an ideal book for anyone who aims to understand one operating system in detail, in particular for those working with embedded systems."
―Zentralblatt MATH 1314
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"Operating System Design: The Xinu Approach is the best book for students and professionals to learn how a computer operating system works. The computer code, along with clear, concise explanations, is simply the best way to learn OS. Readers who study this book carefully will benefit greatly and find it time well spent."
―John C. Lin, Bell Labs
"… [the author’s] focused, clear, and thorough writing have given ‘systematic’ a new meaning (or perhaps restored its original one). … non-OS specialists also stand to learn much of what they generally need to know from this excellent book. Furthermore, it is no faint praise for me to say that the book’s seamless integration of source code listings into the text … is the best I’ve encountered and works very well indeed. Superior and consistently followed C-language coding conventions give further evidence of the meticulousness with which this book was written. … a most outstanding and practical A-to-Z OS book. It has my highest recommendation."
―George Hacken, Computing Reviews, April 2012
"This Xinu book is the best operating systems book on the market because it removes the black magic and explains how to build an OS from the ground up. It’s not like other books I tried to read ― they gave me a headache. I have already started telling friends how great it is."
―David Bafumba-Lokilo, École Polytechnique de Montréal
"Understanding an operating system is a very difficult and time-consuming task because it is one of the most complex software systems ever built. Its architecture has multiple layers of software components to manage the underline hardware and provide the system call services to the applications at the top. Knowing the host processor hardware features, the machine languages, compilers, the tool chain, and the procedure calling standard are part of the prerequisites. As a consequence, operating system books can take a black box approach to cover the interface of the system call services and the operating system algorithms in a short time. However students wishing to program an embedded system must learn the details of the implementation. This Xinu book removes the black magic and explains how to build an OS from the ground up. It explains the underlying design policies behind each of the primary components of an operating system kernel and provides the concrete implementation of source code. The Xinu design principles can be found on other commercially available platforms. A device driver on Linux platform is one example. Students majoring in embedded systems are highly recommended to read this book."
―Donald D Kim, Information and Communication Engineering Department, Dongguk University, South Korea
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So far I've been having a lot of fun with this book. I'd recommend it to anyone who is willing to experiment with a working OS on real hardware but might not be comfortable jumping into Linux source just yet.
And powerful I might add. Because, after you download the source code
from the official website, you'll have a complete implementation of a
modern OS to play with.
The implementation together with the book covers everything from process
creation and management, context switching, memory management, interrupts
and interrupt handling, file systems and device drivers including a console
driver, real-time clock driver and Ethernet driver and also direct memory
access (DMA) devices. Everything you'll find in a modern OS, you'll also find
here, only minimal and understandable and readable.
What stands out though is the clean implementation. The code is just
beautiful; no line of code is greater than 74 characters; variable names
are consistent among files; minimal code to implement the job at hand;
clear separation of modules. There is a lot to learn just by reading the
code alone. I've also learned a thing or two about pointer manipulation
and choosing the right data structures.
Most of the chapters also contain the code of the modules/files it is
presenting. So you might not actually need the source code, or a computer
to actually follow the implementation. But for the best of results,
actually jumping around between files in an editor and trying to understand
what everything is supposed to to, before reading the explanations in the
book will bring great benefits. The language in the book is dry, no
useless jokes or remarks, just going right to the point, which is excellent.
For a hands on approach, that is, actually running the Xinu and see the
effect of your changes, you only need a BeagleBone Black or a Galileo board.
I've used the BBB together with an FTDI adapter. Everything else is just
Take your time with this one, and most importantly: Enjoy the Xinu!