Questions tagged [operating-systems]

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What is a file?

I recently had a student in my Intro to CS class ask me: what is a file? I can't honestly say I had a good answer for him. Those of us who have been around a while know what a file is, but I was at a ...
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Introducing file systems to students who really don't understand

In this question, Michael0x2a points out something that I have observed, but never formally considered (emphasis my own): The IDE often introduces several new "metaphors" that need to be ...
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How to teach operating systems development nowadays?

I have been appointed to change the contents of an Operating Systems course, because it was too IT oriented. I mean the lectures were oriented only to know the differences between some OS like Windows,...
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Teaching information security to students without basic IT knowledge

Context I've been mandated by the university of Tokyo to teach Information security courses during my working hours (initiation level). We are 3 teachers, 2 security researchers employed by the ...
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Good example of what isn't a system call?

I'm teaching an Operating System course, and was looking for an example of something that isn't a system call. As silly as it may sound, I wasn't able to carve a good example. Everything (accessible ...
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Why is the critical-section problem always presented with code in infinite loops?

I've noticed that "all" OS textbooks present the Critical-Section Problem with examples of code that are in infinite loops. E.g., ...