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    "Understanding the Solaris Kernel"?

    Hello all,

    I am studying operating systems, and I have studied thus far Tanenbaum's and Woodhull's Operating Systems: Design and Implementation, McKusick and Neville-Neil's The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System: Version 5.2, and Understanding the Linux Kernel 3d Edition.

    I am starting to get the hang of things but I would like to study up more on the Solaris kernel...are there any books out there that is like the "Understanding the Linux Kernel" for Solaris? I have looked at Solaris 10: The Complete Reference but it appears to be more for System administrators than Solaris Kernel Hackers

    Any reference to a book or website (technical paper, article, blah blah blah) would be greatly appreciated
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    "The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System" and "The Design of the UNIX Operating System." should be a good read for you.

    Mind you.. Solaris is closed source (except OpenSolaris)..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirDice
    "The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System" and "The Design of the UNIX Operating System." should be a good read for you.
    Thanks, I've heard of The Design of the UNIX Operating System, but I assumed that The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System was essentially McKusick and Neville-Neil's The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System. Am I mistaken?

    Mind you.. Solaris is closed source (except OpenSolaris)..
    And, again I assume that, OpenSolaris has been released too recently to be analyzed by a book?

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    This helped slightly, it gave me a book or two to read (Solaris Internals: Core Kernel Architecture by McDougall and Mauro and Solaris Internals).
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    IIRC "The Design of the UNIX Operating System" is about System V Release 4 (SVR4) on which Solaris is based. 4.4BSD is the base of *bsd and the 'old' SunOS.

    And you're probably right about OpenSolaris being released very recently but I expect to see more on that in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirDice
    IIRC "The Design of the UNIX Operating System" is about System V Release 4 (SVR4) on which Solaris is based. 4.4BSD is the base of *bsd and the 'old' SunOS.
    This is kinda correct...according to the Design and Implementation of the BSD 4.4 OS, figure 1.2, Solaris 2 is derived from System V Release 4.

    There is also a modern Unix v 6 clone called xv6 used by MIT in one of its courses.

    It's clean code that's neat to study. It compiles on modern and runs on home PCs (instructions). I thought anyone who is reading this may be interested.
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