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A computer science text written by Andrew Tanenbaum. It is copyrighted 1992 by Prentice-Hall. Its ISBN is 0-13-588187-0.

The book describes different concepts, principles, and examples relevant to the purpose and design of a computer operating system. Issues such as deadlock, synchronization, task models, and memory management are dealt with at an introductory level.

The cover of the book features a representation of the dining philosophers problem based on the spaghetti and forks version of this classical computer science problem. Various philosophers are dueling around the spaghetti, in deadlock.

To illustrate certain concepts, examples are taken from the DOS, UNIX, and Amoeba operating systems. The modern aspect of the book is that it discusses issues relevant for distributed systems.

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