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Authors: Michael Palmer; Michael Walters; Tom Badgett; Niels Jonker
Publisher: Course Technology/Thompson Learning
This book is very basic. It covers complex material. A paradox? In a way, yes. Any broad based discussion of operating systems must be somewhat complex, but the operating system also is the most basic component of any computer system. So, basic and complex does, indeed describe the contents of this book.
But you needn’t be concerned. This basic-complex discussion begins at the beginning with a description of general operating concepts, including how system-level software works with your computer hardware. From there, you’ll read detailed descriptions of individual operating system – Windows and its various configurations. MAC, OS and UNIX. You’ll learn how each of these systems works with specific hardware components, such as printers and modems, and you’ll review basic procedures such as OS initial installations, OS upgrades, hardware driver installation, and more. Chapters 8 and 9 deal with networking and connectivity issues, and so the discussion of operating systems extends Novell Netware and Windows NT/2000/.NET Server, the most widely used network operating systems.
In addition, you can review you progress in learning these topics with extensive hands-on projects, case projects, key terms, team projects, and review questions at the end of each chapter.
Contents by Chapter
- Operating System Theory
- Current Hardware and Operating Systems
- File Systems
- Initial Installation
- Upgrading to A Newer Operating System Version
- Input, Output and Storage Devices
- Modem and Other Communications Devices
- Network Connectivity
- Resource Sharing Over a Network
- Standard Operating and Maintenance Procedures
Appendix A - An Overview or Command Line Commands
Guide to Operating Systems provides the information needed to understand and support desktop and network operating systems in use today. Major concepts such as installation, upgrading, file system organization, security, and network connectivity, as they apply to Windows, Linux, NetWare, and Mac OS are covered in detail. Each chapter offers extensive learning aids including review questions, hands-on projects, and case studies that reinforce concepts and help student apply them to real world applications.
Paperback 608 pages ISBN: 0-619-12077-0