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Modern Operating Systems Hardcover – February 4, 1992

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ISBN-13: 978-0135881873 ISBN-10: 0135881870 Edition: 1st

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A presentation of the basics of both distributed and single-processor computer systems.

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A presentation of the basics of both distributed and single-processor computer systems, this book reflects real-world experience that provides practical, hands- on information in constructing and understanding modern operating systems. This book discusses the key principles of both kinds of systems — including MS- DOS, UNIX, Amoeba, and Mach; covers all the traditional topics, including interprocess, communication, semaphores, monitors, scheduling algorithms, deadlocks, virtual memory, and file system design; explores all key issues in distributed systems — including the client-server model, remote procedure call, distributed synchronization, transactions, threads, distributed shared memory, and file servers.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (February 4, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135881870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135881873
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Uhlig on February 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
From what i recall (i read this book 3 years ago, when i was a graduate student), this book is good for introduction as well as for advanced concepts in operating systems. I fully aggree with the reviewer from 1997. I don't think this book being sloppy nor difficult for beginners (sorry other reviewers). It certainly requires some time to be read (i recall having read it at a pace of about two or three evenings for one chapter, with about 2-3 hours per evening so i don't think it is that difficult for beginners). In addition, Tanenbaum's style is always good and his sense of humor makes the text full of those subtle remarks that make you dive into the subject with less pain.
Probably that the third part of the book about Distributed OS is not a good reading for beginners but just skip it on your first reading and go back to it when you'll be ready.
An important thing is that Part II which is about case studies should not be skipped by newcomers ! This is exactly while reading this part of the book that you'll understand all the concepts you learned in the first part, by applying all this theoretical stuff on actual OS implementations. Probably the reviewer that states this book is not for beginners didn't make it to Part II because one cannot understand OS just by learning concepts, like everything else in computer science...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Tanenbaum ( [...] ) boots your neural network in the right direction in his classic introductory text to Operating Systems and the pre-cursor to his more recent "Distributed Operating Systems" (ISBN: 0132199084). He presents bit-level discussions addressing the core OS issues of processes, memory management, file systems and I/O (among others). He then buffers the information with in-depth, case study comparisons of unix, ms-dos, mach and amoeba (which Tanenbaum co-developed; see: [...] ). Tanenbaum does not ignore theory altogether, but puts most of his effort into relaying practical concerns and solutions to real OS's.

Tanenbaum's sense of humor never flags or fails to register; a most desirable quality in a technical book one is reading after 8-10 hours in the cubicle world. For instance, regarding the POSIX standard, "The [RFC] 1003.1 document is written in such a way that both operating system implementers and software writers can understand it, [a] novelty in the standards world, although work is already underway to remedy this."

The book assumes the reader has basic programming knowledge, though nothing beyond first year C. Tanenbaum has included numerous clear and helpful diagrams, as well as problem sets at the end of each chapter.

Thoroughly enjoyed - highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julio Alberto Garcia Martinez on July 11, 2013
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Operating Systems is a confusing thing to learn without the proper tools, which is why books like this one exists.

Tanenbaum gives crystal clear explanations about OS vocab and technicalities such as processes and page replacement algorithms.

This book is so good that sometimes I read it on my free time, even though I have finished taking the class.

Tanenbaum wants you to really learn the concept of OS. He even gives you a brief explanation on the C language (on the version I bought, anyway), which helped out a lot since we needed to program in C/C++ and I am a student who began programming in Java; yes, those two languages are VERY different.

Overall, if you need to take a class that requires you to buy this book, buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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