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ISBN-13: 978-1439079201 ISBN-10: 143907920X Edition: 6th
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PART ONE: OPERATING SYSTEMS THEORY. 1. Introducing Operating Systems. 2. Memory Management: Early Systems. 3. Memory Management: Virtual Memory. 4. Processor Management. 5. Process Management. 6. Concurrent Processes. 7. Device Management. 8. File Management. 9. Network Organization Concepts. 10. Management of Network Functions. 11. Security and Ethics. 12. System Management. PART TWO: OPERATING SYSTEMS IN PRACTICE. 13. UNIX Operating System. 14. MS-DOS Operating System. 15. Windows Operating Systems. 16. Linux Operating System. Appendixes. Appendix A: Command Translation Table. Appendix B: Guide to Microsoft Acronyms. Appendix C: Guide to Graphical User Interfaces. Appendix D: ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Glossary. Index.

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Ann McIver McHoes has been writing about computers for 25 years. She co-authored, with the late Ida M. Flynn, the first four editions of Understanding Operating Systems and is now sole author of this classic textbook, which has received awards for excellence from the Text and Academic Authors Association. She teaches at Duquesne University and has also taught business and computer science classes at Chatham University and Carlow University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Advanced Topics
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143907920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439079201
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tex on October 9, 2011
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I was assigned this book by my college instuctor so I had not much say in this. But this book does nothing to make sure that the subject is conveyed properly, and fails almost every time when giving an example. It is written in a very unorganized manner, and is all over the place. It also contains many factual errors. Please avoid if you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2013
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I am still in this course. My third week in. The digital textbook makes it easier for me to read the information. Also, zooming on charts and figures helps to better comprehend the material. Can't really say this was an optional purchase but as least I have one textbook I think I can use after the course that won't fill my bookcase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wlb_new_jersey on September 3, 2013
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This book does a nice job breaking down the parts of an operating system. The chapters are clear and to the point
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An extremely good overview, still applicable today. Though the UI of an OS may change completely between versions (See: Windows 7 vs. Windows 8/8.1) the underlying bits are the same. You need a process manager, you need a device manager, you need a Kernal. Everything else is just built on top of that. This book gives you a great look at these bits and bobs and how they work together.
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I had to buy this as a textbook but I've actually really enjoyed reading it. The text is accessible, informative, and sometimes even exciting. If you're interested in operating systems and have some basic computer science knowledge this is a great book for you.
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