This easy-to-understand practical text introduces the basic mechanisms of operating systems. It helps to learn how an operating system manages the hardware and software resources-the memory, processes, I/O devices, and files-of the computer. Network topologies and different protocols (TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBIOS, and NetBEUI) are elaborated to acquaint the reader with different methods of network management.
• memory management
• device management
• process management
• file management
Demonstrations and lab exercises include working with the features of several operating systems-DOS, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Linux.