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  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138134596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138134594
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Andrew S. Tanenbaum has an S.B. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he is head of the Computer Systems Department. He is also the Dean of the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging, an interuniversity graduate school doing research on advanced parallel, distributed, and imaging systems. Nevertheless, he is trying very hard to avoid turning into a bureaucrat.

In the past, he has done research on compilers, operating systems, networking, and local-area distributed systems. His current research focuses primarily on the design of wide-area distributed systems that scale to a billion users. This research is being done together with Dr. Maarten van Steen. Together, all his research projects have led to over 90 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings and five books.

Prof. Tanenbaum has also produced a considerable volume of software. He was the principal architect of the Amsterdam Compiler Kit, a widely-used toolkit for writing portable compilers, as well as of MINIX, a small UNIX clone intended for use in student programming labs. Together with his Ph.D. students and programmers, he helped design the Amoeba distributed operating system, a high-performance microkernel-based distributed operating system. The MINIX and Amoeba systems are now available for free via the Internet.

His Ph.D. students have gone on to greater glory after getting their degrees. He is very proud of them. In this respect he resembles a mother hen.

Prof. Tanenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the 1994 ACM Karl V Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and winner of the 1997 ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. He is also listed in Who's Who in the World. His home page on the World Wide Web can be found at URL http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Tedone on 14 May 2009
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This is the best book on operating systems (together with his companion: Operating Systems Design and Implementation). That didn't come at a surprise as it was written by the guy who wrote Minix (today Minix3, the subject of the companion book mentioned above). Mr. Tanenbaum is simply the best in the field; he wrote also excellent books on Networks and Data Structures. I'm completing a MSc in Computer Science and the choice there was for Stallings' book. I also bought this one just to have a second opinion, and likely so. I soon left Stallings' one for Tanenbaum's. The man is extraordinary gifted in telling you how OS work from the ground-up and in explaining difficult concepts with a clearness of exposition and a precision of explanation that it's fun reading his books. Everything you want to know about OS from a theoretical point of view is in this book. If you want also to see the practical side, its companion explains how Minix3 (the father of Linux just to name one OS) has been architected and written showing the code and actual implementation.

Mr. Tanenbaum can rightly enter history as one of the most influential computer scientists of our era, as his numerous prizes and awards show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bodhisattva on 1 April 2010
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(I'm reading the 2nd ed.)

Prof. Tanenbaum has a talent that is rare in the world of operating systems: he makes sense. I understand what he's talking about. He explains everything. I'm not expected to have an encyclopedic foreknowledge of acronyms.

I'm sure there are errors in there (re. the negative reviews), but for a lay-person who plays with operating systems (including Prof. Tanenbaum's own Minix operating system), this is perhaps the most informative book I've read so far. Now I understand what I'm trying to talk about.

This is a truly great text from a real teacher, a timeless classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MikeCr on 17 Jun. 2011
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Lecturer: "Hi guys, so this is the OS course. I suggest you get a book."

If you hear this, this book will fit you 99%. It's huge (1072p) and has almost everything inside.

I'd say never, never read this book sequentially. Get your syllabus, use the contents pages to find the chapter interested and study.

Keep in mind, you may need to cross-reference a lot. After a month or two you'll have gained a well-rounded view about OS.

***Dont forget:
1) Highlighter
2) Paper to make notes
3) Bookmarks
4) I guess some... coffee will be suitable...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ramses on 18 Aug. 2008
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Should it be forbidden to have morons submit reviews on Amazon ? How can those reviewers write that Tanenbaum's explanations are stupid ? Anyway, Tanenbaum has written a series of perfect books on computers, from structured organisations to operating systems to networks etc ... No one can explain better. Must have book if interested in the topic and need to learn a lot from scratch.
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