Issue No.01 - January (1977 vol.10)
During the past three years several textbooks on operating systems have appeared. (See, for example: P. Brinch Hansen, Operating System Principles, Prentice-Hall, 1973; E. G. Coffman and P. J. Denning, Operating Systems Theory, Prentice-Hall, 1973; S. E. Madnick and J. J. Donovan, Operating Systems, McGraw-Hill, 1974; A. C. Shaw, The Logical Design of Operating Systems, Prentice-Hall, 1974; A. N. Habermann, Introduction to Operating System Design, SRA, 1976.) This flurry of literary activity would seem to indicate that the subject of operating systems has reached a level of maturity sufficient to permit a systematic and rigorous presentation of the entire field. The present book provides an easy-to- read first exposure to some fundamental ideas relevant for understanding operating systems, but it falls short of a systematic treatment of its subject. It presents a variety of subtopics independently of each other, treated to different degrees' of detail and precision. The overall impression conveyed is that of an outline, or list of concepts, that calls for further integration and a more technical presentation.
"Book Reviews", Computer, vol.10, no. 1, pp. 97-101, January 1977, doi:10.1109/C-M.1977.217512