Provide a clear, straightforward explanation of both operating system theory and practice for your students with UNDERSTANDING OPERATING SYSTEMS, 8E. As in previous trusted editions, this award-winning book's highly regarded structure begins with a valuable discussion of fundamentals before introducing specific operating systems. Fully updated, timely content offers an expanded analysis of how innovations, such as multi-core processing and wireless technologies, have impacted today’s operating systems. Revised Research Topics within this edition’s practical exercises encourage independent student research of emerging and influential topics. Updates throughout the final four chapters now highlight information on the most current versions of UNIX (including the latest Macintosh OS), Linux, Windows, and Android to prepare your students for success in working with today’s systems.