This page contains a list of papers and or books that are worth reading, perhaps in your spare time on a lazy summer afternoon...


To learn about programming Unix systems, read any and all books by W. Richard Stevens. In particular, first read Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment, and the Unix Network Programming series.

Probably the best book about a real Unix system is The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System, by Marshall Kirk McKusick, Keith Bostic, and Michael J. Karels.

To learn about Linux kernel internals, read Understanding the LINUX Kernel by Daniel Pierre Bovet and Marco Cesati.

To learn about Solaris, read Solaris Internals: Core Kernel Architecture by Jim Mauro and Richard McDougall.

To learn about Windows-based operating systems, read Inside Microsoft Windows 2000 by David A. Solomon and Mark Russinovich.

To learn more about Mac OS X, go to this site on the Apple page.


To learn about how to build systems from a master, read the delightful Hints for Computer System Design by Butler Lampson.

To learn about other interesting things from another master, C. A. R. Hoare, read The Emperor's Old Clothes.