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Introduction to Operating Systems: Behind the Desktop [Paperback]

John English
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23 Aug 2004
Anyone who uses a computer is using an operating system, although very few people appreciate what an operating system is or what it does. The most visible part of an operating system is the graphical user interface (GUI) - and yet most of what an operating system does is completely invisible.
Introduction to Operating Systems: Behind the Desktop takes a unique approach to the teaching of operating systems, starting with what you will already know - the GUI desktop - before taking you behind, below and beyond the scenes to explore those 'invisible' aspects of the subject. No prerequisite knowledge is assumed other than a general knowledge of programming.
Introduction to Operating Systems: Behind the Desktop features:
* an in-depth coverage of the core features of modern operating systems, with a wealth of examples drawn from real systems such as Windows and Linux
* a concise and non-mathematical approach that allows you to get quickly to the heart of the subject
* a treatment that assumes no knowledge of computer architecture
* brief Questions and more in-depth Exercises integrated throughout each chapter to promote active involvement
* practical, in-depth Projects and end-of-chapter additional resources and references to encourage further exploration
* mini-glossaries at the end of each chapter to ensure understanding of key terms, plus a unified glossary at the end of the book for quick and easy reference
* a companion website at www.palgrave.com/science/computing that includes comprehensive teaching resources for lecturers

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (23 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333990129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333990124
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JOHN ENGLISH is Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Maths and Information Sciences at the University of Brighton, UK, where he teaches courses on operating systems, computer architecture, programming, compiler construction and real-time systems.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, depth and breadth 24 Feb 2007
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If you're looking for a book that explains operating systems from start to finish then you've found it here.

If you're looking for a book that goes into detail on everything operating systems (without making you fall asleep) you've found it.

All in all I would say this is a brilliant book for beginners and intermediates. It covers all the necessary ground work to get beginners off to a flying start but is clearly sectioned so that people studying or interested in more detail can find the information they need without having to read a lot of boring introductory stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction 8 Jun 2009
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This is a great book for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of operating systems. Definitely recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice book 12 May 2013
By Mao
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This is a very well written book and quite intriguing. It is very useful in getting to know operating systems more, this book was actually recommended by a senior lecturer of mine and I enjoy reading it. It has some technical points which are well explained. if you like reading about operating systems, this book is the one to have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good condition 22 April 2013
By Kr
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I bought the used book and was very surprised as it looked new.
I didn't use it much but it is a nice book to have and I would recommend it to those who are learning about operating systems (The title says it all)...
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