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Operating Systems Design and Implementation, 3e , is ideal for introductory courses on computer operating systems. Written by the creator of Minux, professional programmers will now have the most up-to-date tutorial and reference available today. Revised to address the latest version of MINIX (MINIX 3), this streamlined, simplified new edition remains the only operating s ...more
Hardcover, Third Edition, 1088 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Prentice-Hall (first published December 31st 1974)
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Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago. I don't remember much other that it was amazing. I learned so much about programming, computer science, that I still use today, from reading this book. For example, I've never learned a book on multi-threading but I do have an reasonable understanding of the usual multi-threading primitives (mutex, semaphore, etc). It all came from this book and how Minix implements them. ...more
David Schütz
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Very good and clear introduction to what an operating system is.

The explanations / overall writing style was surprisingly impressive to me. Even when pages with complex diagrams or concepts came up and I started to feel overwhelmed, the authors always explanied every deatil from the ground up, making it look simple and clear, sometimes even including some humor. Great example & inspirarion for people writing about complex technical concepts to a wide audience.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone playing with C needs examples of how it is done for real
Recommended to OldBlueBear by: me
If your going to "play" with Minix 2 then this is the book for you, comes complete with a CD with full source listing. took me a month to read it cover to cover first go, and dip in and reread bits for memory refresh. I recomended it and it 10 out of 5 (that is 200%). Sits on my UNIX bookshelf next to 1srt Edition and BACH.(dja.) OldblueBear. ...more
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Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic operating systems textbook. Classically teaches a microkernel design ( ). Many schools that used this book in its heyday, still taught a monolithic kernel design; partly for performance and partly for a simpler system overall.

However, as computers get more cores, NUMA, and larger per-CPU caches, some fundamental features of monolithic kernels start to cause bottlenecks (synchronizing memory among 64 CPUs creates a lot of bus traffic). Microkernels
Aaron Wolfson
This is an excellent, almost comprehensive introduction to learning about how real operating systems work. The 3rd edition is already somewhat outdated as it still spends a lot of time on things like magnetic tape and makes no mention of large-scale flash storage. But these are minor quibbles. Comes with source code and a CD containing the MINIX 3 OS, a microkernel that is meant to simulate a UNIX system. This means that it is actually small enough to read most of the code and understand how it ...more
An in-depth explanation of operating systems, using the educational OS MINIX as an illustration and programming example. I have used this book mainly for exam study, and its straightforward, readable format is very useful.
Darrell Ulm
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good and can easily get hands on with Minix.
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The book was our reference for Operating Systems course, and I do really like it !
Antonio Ognio
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Computer / IT Professionals
Recommended to Antonio by: Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
Classic textbook on Operating Systems. As with all the classics, it's a good read, a starting point. Really recommended. ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Written by Andrew S Tanenbaum, the grandfather of Linux.
it is really perfect book about operating systems
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