Chapter 1. Introduction to the Linux Kernel

After three decades of use, the unix operating system is still regarded as one of the most powerful and elegant systems in existence. Since the creation of Unix in 1969, the brainchild of Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson has become a creature of legends, a system whose design has withstood the test of time with few bruises to its name.

Unix grew out of Multics, a failed multiuser operating system project in which Bell Laboratories was involved. With the Multics project terminated, members of Bell Laboratories' Computer Sciences Research Center were left without a capable interactive operating system. In the summer of 1969, Bell Lab programmers sketched out a file system design that ultimately evolved into ...

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