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This repository accompanies Low-Level Programming by Igor Zhirkov (Apress, 2017).

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Download the files as a zip using the green button, or clone the repository to your machine using Git.

Student projects

Each year, my students in ITMO university can opt to make a project that is connected to system programming or system programming languages in general instead of passing the final test. Each project is coded by one student, who is is free to chose a topic of interest. The source code is always available on GitHub and video demonstrations are mandatory.

The videos are being uploaded to our YouTube channel. Soon all available videos for all years are going to be uploaded.

Repository structure

This repository holds the following information:

  1. recommended if you are new to Linux Ubuntu 16 with standard desktop environment (VirtualBox):

  2. Debian 9 Minimal (.vmx)


  1. Debian 9 with XFCE installed (more user friendly, than minimal one if you are not a Linux expert; more lightweight than Ubuntu)


For all virtual machines:

Username: user, password: user, root password: qwerty

  1. Docker image (thanks go to @kellyi )


Release v1.0 corresponds to the code in the published book, without corrections or updates.


See the file for more information on how you can contribute to this repository.

I want to personally thank Kunio Yoshikawa for his amazing and most effective contributions in finding errors and typos in the book.

I also thank all readers who have provided me with feedback, critique and corrections. Your work benefits the community!