Series: Advanced Topics
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (January 15, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I took an operating systems class a few years ago taught by the author of the book, so my review is going to be influenced by my using it in relation to the class. First of all, I had taken the class the year previously, with a different teacher and book (what I've heard referred to as the dinosaur book, supposedly a very widely used OS instructional book). I liked both the instruction and book by Brian Stuart much more. The book was well-laid out and explained the concepts in Operating Systems in a way that made more sense to me. A note about the book -- it uses a relatively unknown operating system called Inferno that has roots in UNIX (not Linux) throughout the book to demonstrate and test concepts. While Inferno is somewhat outdated (the last update was in 2005) and not in common use, the conciseness of Inferno (the entire operating system is a 10-21 MB download depending on which distribution you get) makes it great for experimentation with modifying the source code. If you are looking for a casual read on Operating Systems, you may lose out on the benefit of these exercises. However, if you are willing to take the time to complete the exercises in the book, it promises to be a very insightful and informative guide to operating systems.
Practical, well written
Pretty good m8
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