- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (February 4, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0135881870
- ISBN-13: 978-0135881873
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Operating Systems 1st Edition
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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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There are some minor misprints, typos, smudges, etc throughout the text, but I don't know if those are also present in the normal version or not.
As far as the book goes, the reading is mostly great. I wish it would go into a little bit more basic explanation on some things, as it feels like you need a lot of prior knowledge about the inner workings of computers to comprehend what it talks about. The end of chapter questions are the worst example of this. For most of the questions, you simply cannot answer them without serious google research. The reading does not prepare you for the questions.
After posting this review for the global edition I see that it shows up for the paperback non-global edition. Looks like an even better deal at $25 vs $50 for the global. Somehow I missed that when I placed my order but was glad to not have to shell out $175 for the hard cover version!
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.