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Operating System Concepts, 9th Edition [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Abraham Silberschatz
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  • Print ISBN-10: 1118063333
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1118063330
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Operating System Concepts, now in its ninth edition, continues to provide a solid theoretical foundation for understanding operating systems. The ninth edition has been thoroughly updated to include contemporary examples of how operating systems function. The text includes content to bridge the gap between concepts and actual implementations. End-of-chapter problems, exercises, review questions, and programming exercises help to further reinforce important concepts. A new Virtual Machine provides interactive exercises to help engage students with the material.

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  • File Size: 16633 KB
  • Print Length: 944 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 3 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Wiley; 9 edition (October 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did even the authors read this before publication? December 3, 2013
Here's a promising book with insightful exercises at the end of the chapter; however, the actual delivery is annoying and disappointing. I once took a chemistry exam with 100 other students, and the person who got the worst score was the teaching assistant who wrote the answer key. In too many places, it seems like an equally unsuitable TA was trusted to write the meager eight-page LARGE TYPE index (the book has 944 pages), dream up several of the exercises, and proofread the book for clarity and accuracy.

Typographic conventions in this book need more attention; for example the two-letter variable name on page 405 looks at first like multiplication, and page 393 has commas that would appear to be thousands separators but are not. The Chapter 8 exercises in general need to face a random drug test; for instance:

8.22 What is the maximum amount of physical memory?

8.24 Consider a computer system with a 32-bit logical address and 4-KB page size. The system supports up to 512 MB of physical memory. How many entries are there in each of the following?

If you're wondering what the context is for the first question, or what the remainder of the second question is, referring to the book isn't going to help you. You've already read both exercises in full.

Terminology is abused at many points; for instance the word "paging" abruptly jumps to mean "swapping" in the summary of Chapter 8, inconsistent with what the chapter defined paging as meaning. In other places statements of fact are made (on page 404, hardware that supports demand paging is sufficient to support swapping), but proven false moments later (on page 405, oh by the way, swapping requires additionally that CPU instructions be restartable).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read Modern Operating Systems instead! May 6, 2014
Wordy and woefully incoherent writing. Almost EVERY section includes some totally incomprehensible sudden transition, as if after one author has finished writing the section, another one or two authors thought he'd better add something which has nothing to do with the original train of thought at all. Also the incoherency is staggering: For example, when talking about memory, after talking about external fragmentation in the context of "blocks of memory"(holes), it suddenly talks about internal fragmentation in the same paragraph without giving any context, only to introduce paging(the cause of internal fragmentation) two sections later. This makes a very confusing and frustrating read. Key concepts are easily lost in the effort of trying to salvage something from this chaos. I can hardly believe this is supposed to be a college-level engineering textbook instead of some intentionally abstruse and self-contradictory literature piece. I have long not read such a terrible textbook. Instead, the well-known Modern Operating Systems is far more succinct, coherent, and very probably more in-depth.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This book is very bias toward Linux with the occasional reference to Windows. I would say some of the material is just wrong - perhaps they do this to make it easier to understand. For example, they talk about OS security models and talk about "layers" - however while they are technically layers the industry calls them rings (look up ring -1). In Chapter 2 - they mention a lot of system calls - many of them are just wrong. For example - 2.4.1 - there is no end system call (they might have meant exit). 2.4.2 - they mention a "delete" system call; there is no delete system call but there is a remove or unlink system calls (at least in Linux). Again reading through Chapter 2 they are obviously very bias towards Linux...which there isn't anything necessarily wrong with that but the material they put together can actually be dangerous because to a new person who didn't know anything about system calls (or a professor teaching out of this book) may make people believe there are system calls that don't exist or terms that aren't used. Maybe they were just using it as an example - but personally if I were to write a book I would use terms, concepts, and system calls that were actually used such that if someone wanted to find more information they could google them.

I gave it 3 stars because I think it's a great starting point - just needs to be reviewed a little bit. This book has a lot of great information and I think it does a pretty good job explaining things so it's great for someone who may not understand how an OS works.

Also as an aside note - I was disappointed when the index entry for "page address extension (PAE) has 396 - but that points to a blank page....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is great. Somehow it transcends the typical dryness you get from a textbook and is actually readable. Each chapter is like an essay that explores the technical aspects of some aspect of operating systems. I wish the author wrote more books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Think twi... three times before buying this book. May 15, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
So I am taking a class about "operating systems" ignoring the fact the teacher is absolutely horrendously appalling, this book is just about as bad. First it should be said it touches on what I would best describe as a cosmically large amount of OS related concepts, principles, algorithms, and protocols. However the wording I used is imperative... because touching on these topics is all that it does. For example I had an assignment that had to do with page-replacement algorithms, unfortunately I was very sick (nearly a week gone) and missed the lecture about basically all of this. However as with any class that has dedicated a book to be utilized by the students as a learning tool, I was expecting to find the section in the book covering the assignment topic and basically go from there.... Well I found the section on page-replacement algorithms and after reading just kind of stared at the book wishing I had something to set it on fire with. With the ranting aside, what I was demonstrating is the unfortunate pervasive pattern in this book to give vague descriptions of *crucial ideas, in addition to rarely including (what has been proven to be one of the most effective and easy to learn from) diagrams or graphical examples of the more difficult concepts. The aspect that really just add insult to injury though, is that many of the topics that are simple, or at least easier to understand, are often ridiculously over-explained. I don't want to just obviate the fact that there are a lot of topics (both simpler and more difficult) that are very well explained, furthermore there's also a good amount of useful graphical examples. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book to those who want to get basic ...
This textbook is used as a main textbook in an Operating Systems course in my college. I think the most needed materials on this field of knowledge are presented in this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Abzal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of sorts for OS
Best selling textbook on OS with up-to-date info till date. Highly recommended for one and all. Also offers very nice hands-on prog. projects to drive home the concepts. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Reddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good explaining
The author explains the components of the operating system in an easy to undestarnd way. Excelent to starters to advanced users.
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