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Understanding Operating Systems (Advanced Topics) 6th Edition

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ISBN-10: 143907920X
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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.

About the Author

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: Course Technology; 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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 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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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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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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This is elementary, I know it is being phased out atm but that is long overdue. Buy it from Amazon if you must, as the price is worlds better here, but this one will bore you to death. Forget resale as well, even at the schools around me they aren't accepting these as buy-backs.
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I bought the kindle version of this book, considering the fact that amazon claims it's the kindle version, it should be accessible from the kindle device. The kindle version of this book is only accessible from your PC. Personally, I do not find it comfortable reading the text from my computer. Secondly, amazon should clearly state if a kindle version of a book is only accessible from your computer so consumers can make good decisions.
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