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Art of Operating System Development[fn:1]

A book describing how operating systems are written.[fn:2] This work intends to provide a high level overview of the concepts and theory how operating systems work along with nitty gritty details for hobbyist osdevers. Initial topics cover the x86 machine architecture only. Later work will include at least the MIPS machine architecture.[fn:3]


I would greatly appreciate any reports of factual errors or omissions. Please use the github issue tracker to report them or find me on IRC.

Please note that at this early stage I am not terribly interested in hearing about grammatical or spelling mistakes. Work on the book is at the equivalent of a software project’s pre-alpha stage. Sentences and paragraphs are highly likely to be rewritten multiple times and any grammar errors present in the current copies will vanish with new errors replacing them![fn:4]


A pdf document from the most recent tagged repository version is located on github’s download servers. Grab a copy by clicking the big download button in the upper right hand corner of this repository. The filename will look something like osdev-v0.x.y.pdf.

Later a Makefile will be written so the task of generating copies from the LaTeX sources is simplified.


Please consider all work in this repository to be released under the GFDL. I’ll include more licensing information as work progresses.


[fn:1] Perhaps should be Art of Operating System Design.

[fn:2] I’d like to improve this intro sentence with a better description of the book. However the purview of the book is quite large and much of the book is yet to be written so an accurate overview is hard to think of. Suggestions welcome.

[fn:3] I (Nixeagle) am also familiar with the ARM micro architecture at a theoretical level having read large parts of the ARM manual.

[fn:4] At a later stage I will be much more interested in reports of this nature. Likely around the time the version of the book is at 0.6 or higher. Around version 0.1 or 0.2 I will introduce “stable” sections where the research and factual accuracy are strongly believed to be correct. Grammar and spelling corrections in these sections will be greatly appreciated.

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