In this post, I want to introduce
xv6 which is a “simple, Unix-like operating system”.
xv6 is not only an open-source project, but also it is used for teaching purposes in MIT’s Operating Systems Engineering(6.828) course as well as many other institutions.
If you’re like me, always want to learn operating system, I guess you’ll face a very steep learning curve since operating system is complex.
For learning purpose, we need an operating system project which is
not too complex and
not too simple. Luckily, xv6 is just for this purpose which is simple enough to follow up as an open source project, yet still contains the important concepts and organization of Unix.
xv6 is an open source project, you can easily find many resources online.
Personally I recommend to use this page, which is the latest teaching resource for the corresponding MIT course. You can find source code, examples, slides and videos there. Very helpful!
On the MIT course’s document, there are many solutions for setting up the xv6 development environment. You can follow those solutions, it will work.
For your convenience, I make a
Dockerfile to build the docker image which contains all the necessary dependencies to keep working on xv6. The Dockerfile goes as following: