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- A Student's Guide to Unix, Second Edition
- NetBSD 1.6 (German)
- NetBSD/mac68k primer(Japanese language)
- The Multi-Boot Configuration Handbook
- Unix Power Tools, Third Edition
- When You Can't Find Your UNIX System Administrator
- A Practical Guide to the Unix System, Third Edition
- BSD mit Methode (German language)
- Cahiers de l'Admin BSD (French)
- Essential System Administration
- MkLinux DR3/NetBSD 1.3.2 internet server configuration primer (Japanese language)
- MkLinux DR3/NetBSD 1.3.2 server configuration primer (Japanese language)
- NetBSD/mac68k beginner's bible (Japanese language)
- NetBSD/mac68k handbook (Japanese language)
- NetBSD/mac68k networking guide (Japanese language)
- NetBSD for beginners: volume on network server (Japanese language)
- The OpenBSD PF Packet Filter Book
- The Practice of System and Network Administration
- Time Management for System Administrators
- UNIX System Administration Handbook, Third Edition
- Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment
- C: A Reference Manual, Fourth Edition
- Code Quality - The Open Source Perspective
- Code Reading - The Open Source Perspective
- Linkers and Loaders
- TCP/IP Illustrated, Vol. 2
- The C Programming Language, Second Edition
- The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System
- The UNIX (R) Programming Environment, First Edition
- Unix Internals: The New Frontiers
- UNIX Network Programming (Volumes 1 and 2), Second Edition
- UNIX Systems for Modern Architectures
- X68k Programming Series (#4) (Japanese language)
Author: Harley Hahn
Publication: McGraw-Hill, 1996 (ISBN 0-07-025492-3)
Designed to be a reference and an educational resource, the book aims to describe all the basic skills involved as well as tips, hints, and techniques.
Authors: Martin Husemann, Ignatios Souvatzis, Lex Wennmacher, Markus
Illenseer, Thorsten Lindloff, S. Petra Zeidler
Publication: Computer & Literatur, 2003 (ISBN 3-936546-00-2)
A German book that covers installation and updating, configuration of system services, administration, the NetBSD packages system and more. More details.
Author: Fumio Kamiyama
Author: Roderick W. Smith
Publication: Que, 2000 (ISBN 0789722836)
Created to help users who wish to, or who are, running multiple operating systems on one computer. The book starts off with basic information on PC architecture, including the BIOS, the hardware, and the history of the PC and how it influences multi-OS configurations. It then proceeds onto practical advice on partitioning, OS installation, data exchange, cross-platform utilities, networking, and modern hardware. More details.
Authors: Shelley Powers, Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly & Mike Loukides
Publication: O'Reilly, 2002 (ISBN 0-596-00330-7)
Designed to address the technology that UNIX users face today. Contains thorough coverage of POSIX utilities, including GNU versions, detailed bash and tcsh shell coverage, and a strong emphasis on Perl and Python. More details.
Author: Linda Mui
Publication: O'Reilly, 1995 (ISBN 1-56592-104-6)
A slim volume, but to quote: "The goal of this book is not to make you a guru in your own right. The goal of this book is to get you back to the job you'd rather be doing." More details.
Administering a system
Author: Mark Sobell
Publication: Addison Wesley, 1995. (ISBN 0-8053-7565-1)
Recommended as a student text. A good starting point for people just starting out with UNIX. More details.
Authors: M. Schulze, Dr. B. Röhrig, M. Hölzer et al.
Publication: C&L Computer & Literatur, 1998 (ISBN 3-932311-31-0)
864 pages and 2 CD-ROMs, DM 98.-/Ös 715,-
Introduces the beginner to installation, administration and usage of the free BSD versions, X11, LaTeX, PERL, and internet services. With 2 CDs containing (among others) NetBSD-1.3.2, KDE 1.0 and other software packages for Intel CPUs.
Author: Emmanuel Dreyfus
Publication: Eyrolles, 2004 (ISBN 2-212-11463-X)
The book is about UNIX system administration with BSD. It is aimed at readers that know about computers, but not nescessarily about UNIX. It covers UNIX basics, BSD installation, various system administration tasks, TCP/IP networking, firewalls setups, package systems, "classic" services such as web, DNS and Internet mail, and disaster management.
The primary focus of the book is of course BSD, but whenever it is possible, the author tried to give the reader a broader view of how things works on other UNIX systems (e.g. : System V and Linux, sometimes Mac OS X). The idea is to give the reader a strong BSD knowledge, but also a good UNIX culture.
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Publication: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. (ISBN 1-56592-127-5)
A very nice description of all the basic and not so basic tasks of system administration in 788 pages.
Author: Top Management Service
Author: Top Management Service
Author: Fumio Kamiyama
Author: Hiroyuki Hasegawa
Publication: Natsume publishing
Author: Tadaomi Miyazaki
Publication: Shuwa System Inc.
Publication: Reed Media Services, 2006.
Covers PF and related features, such as spamd, load balancing, and address translation, for NetBSD, DragonFly, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD. More details.
Authors: Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christine Hogan
Publication: Addison-Wesley Professional (ISBN 0-20-170271-1)
Author: Thomas A. Limoncelli
Publication: O'Reilly (ISBN 0-59-600783-3)
Authors: Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Scott Seebass, and Trent R. Hein
Publication: Prentice-Hall, 2000. (ISBN 0-13-020601-6)
Many enthusiastic endorsements from sysadmins. To quote: "Everything you need to know from the first steps of setting up a new system to advanced topics of networking, kernel configuration, mail configuration, device drivers, cabling specifications, hard disk formatting and partitioning, UUCP, accounting, security, and more." More details.
Author: W. Richard Stevens
Publication: Addison Wesley, 1993. (ISBN 0-201-56317-7)
The author first describes more than 200 system calls and functions, each accompanied by a brief example in working code. After that, he goes on to provide chapter-long examples on such topics as creating a database library, a PostScript printer driver, and a program that runs other programs under a pseudo terminal. More details.
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Publication: Prentice-Hall, 1995. (ISBN 0-13-326224-3)
The fourth edition of this reference includes new coverage on both the ISO C Amendment 1 and a discussion of how to write C programs that are compatible with C++. More details.
Author: Diomidis Spinellis
Publication: Addison-Wesley, 2006 (ISBN 0-321-16607-8)
In his second book, the author of Code Reading continues his analysis of popular Open Source projects, this time focussing on non-functional requirements such as “reliability, security, portability and maintainability as well as efficiency in time and space”, in short: on Code Quality.
Once again, Spinellis uses a snapshot of NetBSD 1.5_ALPHA to show the reader how to detect logic problems, problematic APIs, how to manage heap and stack memory efficiently as well as how to enhance maintainability and stability through thorough and systematic checks and test.
Author: Diomidis Spinellis
Publication: Addison-Wesley, 2003 (ISBN 0-201-79940-5)
"Fact: If you make a habit of reading good code, you will write better code yourself."
In this book, the author covers one of the most important tasks faced by programmers every day: reading and understanding existing code. He thoroughly explains basic programming elements, project design as well as coding standards and conventions, concluding with a real life example of how to extend a given program by reading code from various sources and improving on it.
The vast majority of the code examples in the book are based on NetBSD source code (a snapshot of NetBSD 1.5_ALPHA is part of the software of the accompanying CD-ROM), because the NetBSD Project's emphasis on "correct design and well-written code" makes it "a superb choice for providing example source code."
Author: John R. Levine
Publication: Morgan-Kauffman, 1999 (ISBN 1-55860-496-0)
Authors: Gary R. Wright, W. Richard Stevens
Publication: Addison Wesley, 1995 (ISBN 0-201-63354-X)
A technical breakdown of the 4.4BSD networking implementation. More details.
Authors: Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie
Publication: Prentice-Hall, 1989. (ISBN 0-13-110362-8)
The (updated) original text on C. Not the easiest read, but pretty much from the original source. More details.
Authors: Marshall Kirk McKusick, Keith Bostic, Michael J. Karels,
John S. Quarterman
Publication: Addison Wesley, 1996. (ISBN 0-201-54979-4)
The definitive work on 4.4 BSD internals. A must for any kernel programmer. More details.
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Publication: Prentice-Hall, 1984. (ISBN 0-13-937681-X)
The original UNIX programming environment and philosophy. More details.
Author: Uresh Vahalia
Publication: Prentice-Hall, 1995. (ISBN 0-13-101908-2)
An exploration of advances in UNIX-based operating systems. Focuses on the design and implementation of the operating system itself, and covers several advanced subjects, such as multi-processors and threads. More details.
Author: W. Richard Stevens
Publication: Prentice-Hall Vol. 1 (ISBN 0-13-490012-X), Vol. 2 (ISBN 0-13-081081-9)
Author: Curt Schimmel
Publication: Addison Wesley, 1994 (ISBN 0-201-63338-8)
From the inside flap: "The goal of this book is to provide practical information on the issues operating systems must address in order to run on modern computer systems that employ cache memories and/or multiprocessors. At the time of this writing, a number of books describe UNIX system implementations, but none describes in detail how caches and multiprocessors should be managed. Many computer architecture books describe caches and multiprocessors from the hardware aspect, but none successfully deals with the operating system issues that these modern architectures present. This book is intended to fill these gaps by bridging computer architecture and operating systems." Highly recommended for its organization and thoroughness. More details.
Authors: NetBSD/X68k committee
Publication: SOFTBANK (ISBN 4-89052-808-3 C0055)
This book on programming on NetBSD/X68k, written by the NetBSD/X68k committee, is unfortunately out of print. More details.
Also worthy of note are the O'Reilly “nutshell” handbooks, which cover everything from “When You Can't Find Your UNIX System Administrator” to the “X Toolkit Intrinsics Reference Manual”. See unix.oreilly.com for full listing.