Guide to Operating Systems

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Cengage Learning, Sep 20, 2012 - Computers - 720 pages
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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.
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This book -- like every other Cengage book I have ever used in a class -- is little more than a shill for Microsoft and Intel products. The testing system it ties into uses the most miniscule bits of information for rigidly formatted, simplistic test questions that do nothing to enhance student learning or achievement. If your instructor or institution uses Cengage books in general or this book in particular, consider transferring to another program or another school. If you do not, you likely will come away with little for the time and money you spend in this book and the program that chose it. 

Contents

Operating System Theory
1
Popular Operating Systems
57
Operating System Hardware Components
129
File Systems
155
Installing and Upgrading Operating Systems
225
Configuring Input and Output Devices
305
Using and Configuring Storage Devices
359
Modems and other Communications Devices
403
Network Connectivity
447
Resource Sharing over a Network
491
Standard Operating and Maintenance Procedures
549
Appendix A Operating System CommandLine Commands
607
Appendix B Using Fedora with this Book
619
Glossary
625
Index
641
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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 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.

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