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  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (21 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130313580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130313584
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 4.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For software development professionals and computer science students, Modern Operating Systems gives a solid conceptual overview of operating system design, including detailed case studies of Unix/Linux and Windows 2000.

Readers familiar with Tanenbaum's previous text, Operating Systems, know the author is a great proponent of simple design and hands-on experimentation. His earlier book came bundled with the source code for an operating system called Minux, a simple variant of Unix and the platform used by Linus Torvalds to develop Linux. Although this book does not come with any source code, he illustrates many of his points with code fragments (C, usually with Unix system calls).

The first half of Modern Operating Systems focuses on traditional operating systems concepts: processes, deadlocks, memory management, I/O, and file systems. There is nothing ground-breaking in these early chapters, but all topics are well covered, each including sections on current research and a set of student problems. It is the second half of the book that differentiates itself from older operating systems texts. Here, each chapter describes an element of what constitutes a modern operating system--awareness of multimedia applications, multiple processors, computer networks, and a high level of security. The chapter on multimedia functionality focuses on such features as handling massive files and providing video-on-demand. Included in the discussion on multiprocessor platforms are clustered computers and distributed computing. Finally, the importance of security is discussed--a lively enumeration of the scores of ways operating systems can be vulnerable to attack, from password security to computer viruses and Internet worms.

Included at the end of the book are case studies of two popular operating systems: Unix/Linux and Windows 2000. There is a bias toward the Unix/Linux approach, not surprising given the author's experience and academic bent, but this bias does not detract from Tanenbaum's analysis. Both operating systems are dissected, describing how each implements processes, file systems, memory management, and other operating system fundamentals.

Tanenbaum's mantra is a simple, accessible operating system design. Given that modern operating systems have extensive features, he is forced to reconcile physical size with simplicity. Towards this end, he makes frequent references to the Frederick Brooks classic The Mythical Man Month for wisdom on managing large, complex software development projects. He finds both Windows 2000 and Unix/Linux guilty of being too complicated--with a particular skewering of Windows 2000 and its "mammoth Win32 API". A primary culprit is the attempt to make operating systems more "user-friendly," which Tanenbaum views as an excuse for bloated code. The solution is to have smart people, the smallest possible team, and well-defined interactions between various operating systems components. Future operating system design will benefit if the advice in this book is taken to heart. --Pete Ostenson

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The widely anticipated revision of this worldwide best seller incorporates the latest developments in operating systems technologies. Hundreds of pages of new material on a wealth of subjects have been added. This authoritative, example-based reference offers practical, hands-on information in constructing and understanding modern operating systems. Continued in this second edition are the "big picture" concepts, presented in the clear and entertaining style that only Andrew S. Tanenbaum can provide. Tanenbaum's long experience as the designer or co-designer of three operating systems brings a knowledge of the subject and wealth of practical detail that few other books can match.



  • NEW―New chapters on computer security, multimedia operating systems, and multiple processor systems.
  • NEW―Extensive coverage of Linux, UNIX®, and Windows 2000™ as examples.
  • NEW―Now includes coverage of graphical user interfaces, multiprocessor operating systems, trusted systems, viruses, network terminals, CD-ROM file systems, power management on laptops, RAID, soft timers, stable storage, fair-share scheduling, three-level scheduling, and new paging algorithms.
  • NEW―Most chapters have a new section on current research on the chapter's topic.
  • NEW―Focus on single-processor computer systems; a new book for a follow-up course on distributed systems is also available from Prentice Hall.
  • NEW―Over 200 references to books and papers published since the first edition.
  • NEW―The Web site for this book contains PowerPoint slides, simulators, figures in various formats, and other teaching aids.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Avvinti on 27 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had in my hands the first edition of this book and I can assure that this second edition is a big improvement: now it really is "modern". The book covers all of the theoretical aspects of a modern OS, but some chapters are real gems. For example, the chapter on security is a little 100 pages book inside a book. This comes as no surprise considering the interest prof. Tanenbaum have always showed for security issues (e.g. he reserved to security an equally wide space in his Computer Networks book).
Tanenbaum has a gift for explaining and entertaining, and sometime make you ponder about evolutions of technologies, influences on society and other points like these that helps you to "have a break" when studying has started many hours before.
I've used this book, Silberschatz's and Stalling's for my exam on OS. Comparing them on a day by day studying basis, I have no doubt this would be the only one I'd keep if I should, although both Silberschatz's and Stalling's (this one more) have proved very useful as well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
A general overview of how operating systems work with special emphasis on Windows 2000 and Linux. The first six chapters are more a general introduction to how computers work and could be an introductory text for almost any programmer. The rest of the book gets more interesting, even though nothing is ever described in any deep detail. The only sad thing about this book is a multitude of little errors in grammar, spelling and small inconsistencies between the text and the figures. It's clearly lacking in editing. But none of the little errors can lead to any important misunderstandings. The whole book can be read in a week or so, it's that easy and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IamCustomer on 28 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Covers so much about OS and hardware interaction. Although you still need practical experience to fully understand RTOS concepts, this book is excellent reference and reading material. Probably the book I used the most for my degree studies.
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