This book explains a very technical subject in a not-so-technical manner, putting the concepts of operating systems into a format that students can quickly grasp. For those new to the subject, this text demonstrates what operating systems are, what they do, how they do it, how their performance can be evaluated, and how they compare with each other. Throughout the text we describe the overall function and tell readers where to find more detailed information, if they so desire.
For those with more technical backgrounds, this text introduces the subject concisely, describing the complexities of operating systems without going into intricate detail. One might say this book leaves off where other operating system textbooks begin.
To do so, we’ve made some assumptions about our audiences. First, we assume the readers have some familiarity with computing systems. Second, we assume they have a working knowledge of an operating system and how it interacts with them. We recommend (although we don’t require) that readers be familiar with at least one operating system. In a few places, we found it necessary to include examples using Java or pseudocode to illustrate the inner workings of the operating systems; but, for readers who are unfamiliar with computer languages, we’ve added a prose description to each example that explains the events in more familiar terms.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 13 UNIX Operating System
Chapter 14 MS-DOS Operating System
Chapter 15 Windows Operating Systems
Chapter 16 Linux Operating System
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