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OS Development

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by tntcoder, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. tntcoder


    Joined: 7 Apr 2004

    Posts: 4,213

    Can anyone recommend any good books/resources on operating system development? I would like something kind of step by step with a mix of assembly and c/c++ explaing bootloaders and kernel design e.t.c

  2. SiriusB


    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

  3. happytechie


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,601

    Location: Surrey

    log on to source forge and download the linux/freeBSD/netBSD source tree.

    see if you can egt your head around it. I think the issue will be that there is no correct way to code an OS. linux, solaris, BSD and windows all take very different approaches.

    Which assember are you after, 8086 assembly is a nightmare but 68000 is OK imho there are plenty of books around on assembler but most of an OS is written in C / C++ in my experience.

    wrt Boot loaders try searching a major web based bookseller for 'bootloader design' there are lots out there. anything from the O'Reily range is a good bet.

    The best way to learn how an OS (linux usually) is built is to read the code.

  4. NathanE


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,022

    Location: London & Singapore

    If you want to get an idea of how Windows is built take a look at the ReactOS project's source tree.
  5. Hug-E-Bear


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25

    Location: London

    THE operating systems book has to be Operating Systems Design and Implementation by Tanenbaum :). Takes a bit of effort to get through but well worth reading even if you're not planning to ever write an OS.
  6. tntcoder


    Joined: 7 Apr 2004

    Posts: 4,213

    Thanks for the info guys i will have to have a look through linux to see how it works, i will have to use x86 assembly but for the bootloader/file system only i guess. I will have a look into that book to.