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Understanding Operating Systems, Fifth Edition
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With the same straightforward and clear writing style that has made previous editions so successful, Understanding Operating Systems, Fifth Edition, provides the ideal blend of operating theory and practice. Coverage includes the fundamentals of operating systems: what they are, what they do, how they function, how they can be evaluated, and how they compare to one another. Part One describes the management of memory, processors, devices, files, and networks as well as system security, ethics, and overall system management. The second part of the book focuses on four specific operating systems (UNIX, MS-DOS, Windows, and Linux) and how they apply the theory explained in the first part of the text. Updates include discussions of new technologies that affect operating system design, including multi-core chips and virtualization, making this edition a current and relevant resource.
This fourth edition blends operating systems theory and practice in a well-organized way. Its innovative two-part approach explores operating systems theory and development in the first section, and discusses the four most widely-used operating systems (MS-DOS, Windows, Linux, and UNIX) in the second. Each chapter has been updated for currency, and a brand-new chapter on System Security has been added.
Now in its Sixth Edition, UNDERSTANDING OPERATING SYSTEMS continues to provide a clear and straightforward explanation of operating theory and practice. As in previous editions, the book's highly-regarded structure begins with a discussion of fundamentals before moving on to specific operating systems. This edition has been updated and modernized; now included are enhanced discussions of the latest innovation evolutions (multi-core processing, wireless technologies, PDA and telephone operating systems, and Blu-ray optical storage) and how they affect operating systems. Revised Research Topics in the exercise section encourage independent research among students. Content in the final four chapters has been updated to include information about a few of the latest versions of UNIX (including specific mention of the latest Macintosh OS), Linux, and Windows.
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.
Table of Contents
Part One: Operating Systems Theory Chapter 1: Introducing Operating Systems Chapter 2: Memory Management: Early Systems Chapter 3: Memory Management: Virtual Memory Chapter 4: Processor Management Chapter 5: Process Management Chapter 6: Concurrent Processes Chapter 7: Device Management Chapter 8: File Management Chapter 9: Network Organization Concepts Chapter 10: Management of Network Functions Chapter 11: Security and Ethics Chapter 12: System Management Part Two: Operating Systems in Practice Chapter 13: UNIX Operating System Chapter 14: MS-DOS Operating System Chapter 15: Windows Operating Systems Chapter 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 Bibliography Index
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