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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
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Book contests are really good, it has the advantage of having the full source code of a whole Operating System (MINIX) in it.
Although if I had to buy this book again, I'd buy the other version, the title is almost the same, same author, just dark blue cover. The difference is that the blue one has no source code in it, but...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
... a picture really is worth a 1000 words (or some 29,000 lines of source code in this case.) The author spends pages and pages explaining a topic - having you constantly jump from page to page in the source code in doing so - when a simple diagram would have sufficed time and time again.

The content of the book is good with few mistakes and typos. However,...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 6 April 2009
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Ms. B. Devenyi "brigitta" (brigitta) - See all my reviews
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Book contests are really good, it has the advantage of having the full source code of a whole Operating System (MINIX) in it.
Although if I had to buy this book again, I'd buy the other version, the title is almost the same, same author, just dark blue cover. The difference is that the blue one has no source code in it, but it's more detailed at parts, for example paging, etc. So if you need it for Operating Systems I course, any of them will do, but if you'll also do Operating Systems II - where more detailed knowledge is required - then I'd go for the blue cover one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but..., 22 Jun. 2007
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... a picture really is worth a 1000 words (or some 29,000 lines of source code in this case.) The author spends pages and pages explaining a topic - having you constantly jump from page to page in the source code in doing so - when a simple diagram would have sufficed time and time again.

The content of the book is good with few mistakes and typos. However, some 400 pages of the book are taken up with the source code listing which is also available online and on the accompanying CD-ROM. It would have been better to have left out the source from the book and saved those 400 pages.

My final gripe with this book is that it ONLY provides implementation details for the way Minix 3 works. The title of the book should be "Operating Systems The Design & Implementation of Minix 3" really. The author hints at alternative ways of doing things but only ever describes the Minix implementation, often with no explanation of the rationale behind choosing to do things this way. These hints, however, are usually enough to Google on and find the information you need.

All in all, its an adequate book (hence 3 stars) if you want to learn how Unix type operating systems are written, but could be a lot better and a lot more concise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Operating system basics - covers it all, 11 Feb. 2010
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Purchased for use in an Operating Systems uni module. Was perfect for the course content and has alot more.
If studying Operating systems then your course is probably already based on this book, if not it is based on Minix. The OS that the creator of Linux studied on during his Uni days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Aug. 2014
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