Operating Systems DeMYSTiFieD

Operating Systems DeMYSTiFieD

by Ann McIver McHoes, Joli Ballew

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Overview

Learn what happens behind the scenes of operating systems

Find out how operating systems work, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Operating Systems Demystified describes the features common to most of today's popular operating systems and how they handle complex tasks.

Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide begins with an overview of what operating systems are and how they are designed. The book then offers in-depth coverage of the boot process; CPU management; deadlocks; memory, disk, and file management; network operating systems; and the essentials of system security. Detailed examples and concise explanations make it easy to understand even the technical material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key concepts.

It's a no-brainer! You'll learn about:

  • Fundamentals of operating system design
  • Differences between menu- and command-driven user interfaces
  • CPU scheduling and deadlocks
  • Management of RAM and virtual memory
  • Device management for hard drives, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray drives
  • Networking basics, including wireless LANs and virtual private networks
  • Key concepts of computer and data security

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Operating Systems Demystified helps you learn the essential elements of OS design and everyday use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071752275
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 01/20/2012
Series: Demystified
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Patti Short has more than 10 years of experience as a technical writer and instructional systems designer creating user manuals, training guides, and computer-based training. She has developed web-based and instructor-led training for companies in various industries, including telecommunications, software, storage area networks, home construction, financial, and government agencies. Patti has a degree in a Computer System Administration.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Overview
Chapter 1 Introduction to Operating Systems
Chapter 2 Operating Systems Structures
Part II: Process Management
Chapter 3 Process
Chapter 4 Threads
Chapter 5 CPU Scheduling
Chapter 6 Process Synchronization
Chapter 7 Deadlocks
Part III: Memory Management
Chapter 8 Memory Management
Chapter 9 Virtual Memory
Part IV: Storage Management
Chapter 10 System Interface
Chapter 11 File System Implementation
Chapter 12 Mass Storage Structure
Chapter 13 I/O Systems
Part V: Protection and Security
Chapter 14 Protection and Security
Chapter 15 Types of Operating Systems
Glossary
Final Exam
Answers

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