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A multimedia guide to the motivation for and design of the modern OS.

From when there were no Operating Systems...to a simple batch Operating System...

 

This really sets the scene for what follows. It's so much easier to understand the role of a modern operating system when you've seen how a computer can operate (albeit badly) without one!

A succession of screens takes the user interactively through how the the modern OS has evolved. Fundamental mechanisms such as interrupts and scheduling are described. The title includes many animations and exercises for the student.