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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 8th Edition International Student Version edition (13 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470233990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470233993
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keep pace with the fast–developing world of operating systems Open–source operating systems, virtual machines, and clustered computing are among the leading fields of operating systems and networking that are rapidly changing. With substantial revisions and organizational changes, Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne’s Operating System Concepts, Eighth Edition remains as current and relevant as ever, helping you master the fundamental concepts of operating systems while preparing yourself for today’s emerging developments. As in the past, the text brings you up to speed on core knowledge and skills, including: What operating systems are, what they do, and how they are designed and constructed Process, memory, and storage management Protection and security Distributed systems Special–purpose systems Beyond the basics, the Eight Edition sports substantive revisions and organizational changes that clue you in to such cutting–edge developments as open–source operating systems, multi–core processors, clustered computers, virtual machines, transactional memory, NUMA, Solaris 10 memory management, Sun’s ZFS file system, and more. New to this edition is the use of a simulator to dynamically demonstrate several operating system topics. Best of all, a greatly enhanced WileyPlus, a multitude of new problems and programming exercises, and other enhancements to this edition all work together to prepare you enter the world of operating systems with confidence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Stan on 23 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to read through different books regarding the subject and, while I must admit that each and every one of them has its pros and cons, Operating System Concepts provides the reader with a very solid introduction to the subject. Each chapter is very well structured, mainly on examples from real OS's like Solaris, Linux, Win XP or Mac OS X. Reading through the book, one will notice that some parts are repeated over and over again, but I must stress that I find this a very good thing because it keeps the reader with former issues fresh in their mind. Also, at the end of each chapter, there are some really interesting programming exercises in which the author engages the reader to modify kernel functions from different open source OS's. The code examples in the book are great and very good explained. (mostly C, but Java as well).
Sometimes, the reader will have the impression that the author is advertising Sun's OS, Solaris, because of the big number of examples from it and the good reviews he gives to different aspects of it.

All in all, I definetly recommend it. I will actually buy it for myself. I'm currently reading a library copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.I. on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very good introduction to the world of operating systems. I didn't attend an operating system class at university, and I wanted to catch up with the basic ideas of how an operating system works. This books covers all topics about the internal workings of a modern operating systems, i.e. CPU scheduling, memory paging, I/O management, protection and security, real-time operating systems, and much more. Each topic is thoroughly described in a chapter of about 50 pages; a summary and a description of the most important references is also provided at the end of each chapter. The book is very readable and succseeds in conveying to the reader the feeling of how complex and sophisticated operating systems have become over the years thanks to faster CPUs and hardware peripherals. This is a very good starting point for everyone interested in how an operating system works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gp on 19 Jun. 2012
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I read this book when I was studying, translated in my native language and I found it great. Reading it in the original language and a few editions later is even better. The text is very clear and intuitive, but still very technical. This is definitely a must to any computer science engineer or anyone that wants to know what's going on under the hood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 April 2010
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This is the required reading for the "Operating Systems" module in the on-line Masters program run by the University of Liverpool as of 1st April 2010.
A fairly good book, it deals with the concepts inherent in the core of any operating system first them goes on to explore the different types of operating system discussing the pro's and cons of each without too much bias in any one direction (other than open source).
I felt it necessary to reduce the rating by one star as, when the module started a 1 page list of errata in this publication was issued - mainly printing errors rather than context errors.
Other than this - a good book, if rather pricey, for any one interested in computer operating systems.
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