Higher Education

Guide to Operating Systems, 4th Edition

  • Michael Palmer
  • Michael Walters
  • ISBN-10: 1111306362  |  ISBN-13: 9781111306366
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $159.75
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

GUIDE TO OPERATING SYSTEMS, 4E provides the theory and technical information professionals need as they work with today’s popular operating systems, such as Windows, Mac OS, and UNIX/Linuxplatforms. Topics include operating system theory, installation, upgrading, configuring (operating system and hardware), file systems, security, hardware options, and storage, as well as resource sharing, network connectivity, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Designed to be easily understood and highly practical, GUIDE TO OPERATING SYSTEMS, 4E is an excellent resource for training across different operating systems. GUIDE TO OPERATING SYSTEMS, 4E prepares readers to understand the fundamental concepts of computer operating systems. The book specifically addresses Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, SUSE Linux, Fedora Linux, Red Hat Linux, and Mac OS X (Panther, Tiger, Leopard, and Snow Leopard), and provides information on all network operating subjects.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides an in-depth survey of modern operating systems, enabling the reader to understand how they work and to compare them feature-by-feature (or topic by topic).
  • Includes two appendices covering operating system command-line commands and using Fedora with this book.
  • "From the Trenches" stories in each chapter contain examples from the authors' experience, adding color and context through real-life situations.
  • Extensive learning tools, including Review Questions, Hands-On Projects, and Case Projects allow review and technical practice.
  • Includes Fedora 13 DVD to help students train across UNIX/Linux.

Table of Contents

1. Operating System Theory.
2. Popular Operating Systems.
3. Operating System Hardware Components.
4. File Systems.
5. Installing and Upgrading Operating Systems.
6. Configuring Input and Output Devices.
7. Using and Configuring Storage Devices.
8. Modem and Other Remote Communications Devices.
9. Network Connectivity.
10. Resource Sharing Over a Network.
11. Standard Operating and Maintenance Proceedures.
Appendix A: Operating System Command-Line Commands.
Appendix B: Using Fedora With This Book.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • Expanded information on operating system features and new hardware for most operating systems.
  • All-new information with complete steps for installing and upgrading Windows Vista, 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Fedora Linux, and Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard ensures that everything goes smoothly.
  • Many new "From the Trenches" features located throughout the textbook offer recent practical examples from real life situations.
  • Includes Fedora 13 Live Media DVD to enable readers to perform UNIX/Linux Hands-On Projects located within the text.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Guide to Operating Systems, 4th + LabConnection Online Printed Access Card for Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification

ISBN-10: 1133798675  | ISBN-13: 9781133798675

List Price = $188.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $141.71

This Bundle Includes:

  • Guide to Operating Systems
    List Price = $212.95  | CengageBrain Price = $212.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $159.75
  • LabConnection Online Printed Access Card for Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification
    List Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $47.50


Bundle: Guide to Operating Systems, 4th + Virtual Machines Companion

ISBN-10:  113361938X | ISBN-13:  9781133619383

List Price = $243.95  | CengageBrain Price = $243.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $182.96

This Bundle Includes:

  • Guide to Operating Systems
    List Price = $212.95  | CengageBrain Price = $212.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $159.75
  • Virtual Machines Companion
    List Price = $43.95  | CengageBrain Price = $43.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $33.00


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"This textbook is an excellent introduction to operating systems in addition to a fundamental networking course. Students that may be preparing for different certification exams (Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP for example, or Linux+) might find this book an exceptional introduction to the similarities and differences to the varying operating systems. I love the idea of having hands on projects and end of chapter case projects. It is important for students to know and know how, but also how to show and do! Integrating authentic activities into the book is excellent practice for future IT practitioners."

— Gwendolyn Britton, Western Governors University

"Chapter content is covered in a balanced manner; writing style is clear and structured for easy comprehension."

— David Pope, Ozarks Technical Community College

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111306370 | ISBN-13: 9781111306373)

The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.

MCTS Guide to Microsoft Windows 7 (Exam # 70-680)  (ISBN-10: 1111309779 | ISBN-13: 9781111309770)

Introducing a complete guide to deploying and managing Windows 7 that is suitable for IT professionals and students alike! This instructional text provides the information users need to successfully migrate to Windows 7 and immediately derive benefits from it. Readers will learn about the new features in Windows 7, such as advanced security, and how those features compare to Windows Vista and Windows XP. Valuable for professionals, but written in a way that is understandable to the novice networking student, this informative guide examines Windows 7 in a thorough and logical manner making the information easy to understand and preparing readers for Microsoft's MCTS Exam #70-680. The hands-on activities and case projects help learners practice new skills, and review questions and key terms reinforce important information. The accompanying CD provides valuable certification preparation material, including test preparation software. With a section devoted to troubleshooting, this text also doubles as a manual that professionals can take on the job with them.

List Price = $139.95  | CengageBrain Price = $139.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $105.00

Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification  (ISBN-10: 1418837210 | ISBN-13: 9781418837211)

LINUX+ GUIDE TO LINUX CERTIFICATION, THIRD EDITION offers the most up-to-date information to empower users to successfully pass CompTIA's Linux+ (Powered by LPI) Certification exam, while maintaining a focus on quality, classroom usability, and real-world experience. This complete guide provides not only the conceptual knowledge, but also the hands-on skills necessary to work with the Linux operation systems in a network administration environment. Comprehensive coverage includes updated information pertinent to the latest Linux distributions, as well as new storage technologies such as LVM and ext4. Readers will learn about new and expanded material on key job-related networking services including FTP, NFS, Samba, Apache, DNS, DHCP, NTP, RADIUS, LDAP, Squid, Sendmail, Postfix, X, SSH, VNC, SQL, and updated information on security practices and technologies. The Hands-On Projects help learners practice new skills, and review questions and key terms reinforce important concepts.

List Price = $224.95  | CengageBrain Price = $224.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $168.75

Student Supplements

MCTS Guide to Microsoft Windows 7 (Exam # 70-680)  (ISBN-10: 1111309779 | ISBN-13: 9781111309770)

Introducing a complete guide to deploying and managing Windows 7 that is suitable for IT professionals and students alike! This instructional text provides the information users need to successfully migrate to Windows 7 and immediately derive benefits from it. Readers will learn about the new features in Windows 7, such as advanced security, and how those features compare to Windows Vista and Windows XP. Valuable for professionals, but written in a way that is understandable to the novice networking student, this informative guide examines Windows 7 in a thorough and logical manner making the information easy to understand and preparing readers for Microsoft's MCTS Exam #70-680. The hands-on activities and case projects help learners practice new skills, and review questions and key terms reinforce important information. The accompanying CD provides valuable certification preparation material, including test preparation software. With a section devoted to troubleshooting, this text also doubles as a manual that professionals can take on the job with them.

List Price = $139.95  | CengageBrain Price = $139.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $105.00

Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification  (ISBN-10: 1418837210 | ISBN-13: 9781418837211)

LINUX+ GUIDE TO LINUX CERTIFICATION, THIRD EDITION offers the most up-to-date information to empower users to successfully pass CompTIA's Linux+ (Powered by LPI) Certification exam, while maintaining a focus on quality, classroom usability, and real-world experience. This complete guide provides not only the conceptual knowledge, but also the skills necessary to work with the Linux operation systems in a network administration environment. Comprehensive coverage includes updated information pertinent to the latest Linux distributions, as well as new storage technologies such as LVM and ext4. Readers will learn about new and expanded material on key job-related networking services including FTP, NFS, Samba, Apache, DNS, DHCP, NTP, RADIUS, LDAP, Squid, Sendmail, Postfix, X, SSH, VNC, SQL, and updated information on security practices and technologies. The Hands-On Projects help learners practice new skills, and review questions and key terms reinforce important concepts.

List Price = $224.95  | CengageBrain Price = $224.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $168.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer, Ph.D., is an industry consultant and educator who has written numerous networking and operating systems books, including best-selling books about Microsoft® Windows® Server systems and UNIX®/Linux®. He is president of CertQuick, which provides computer and networking consulting services, technical authoring services, and computer science curriculum development for schools. Dr. Palmer has worked for 30 years in higher education and industry as an instructor, professor, systems and networking specialist, technical manager, department head, and consultant. He holds bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Michael Walters

Michael Walters is a higher education information technology facilitator and innovator. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Wyoming and has worked in higher education for 33 years. He has spent his career in higher education working first at the University of Wyoming where he directed the academic and administrative computing and networking functions for seven community colleges. He also directed the Client Support Services department. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. By working closely with faculty, he provided them with the technology tools and environment to be successful in their classrooms including a broad range of operating systems tailored to their instructional needs. He also met regularly with the students to determine the technology they needed to be competitive in the market place and to enhance their education. Under Michael's leadership and with the collaboration of faculty, students, and IT staff, the college has ranked nationally as the number one digital community college in the United States for the mid-size category three years in a row.