A Look at Mac, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Other Operating Systems

14 Dec

What is an operating system?

For the most of us, an operating system may mean Windows and Mac, but actually you are close to what you think of. Those are names of some of the popular operating systems and are the ones that bring the product into the public’s knowledge. It is actually a collection of software which helps manage the computer hardware resources and provide common services for most programs in the computer. It is so vital that without it, the system software will not function as a whole. Applications will not work if you have no operating system.

Benefits of OS

First and foremost, the operating system acts as an intermediary between hardware and software functions. If you are keen enough, most of the devices right now have operating systems with it. From cellular phones, video games consoles, and web servers. Some of the trusted and well known operating systems are Android, iOS, OS x, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows Phone, IBM, BSD. All of these help a computer work and function as what you are known to do now. There are a lot of applications associated with them and some may work solely for a given operating system, while some are able to cross over some.

Types of Operating Systems

There are also types of them and they are not confined to just one kind of platform. Some are able to do functions only relative to them, but some can always be diverse with a wide range of distribution that can cross over some operating systems. Here are some of the operating system types.

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     Multiple User type – this kind of OS allows multiple users to access a computer at the same time just like internet servers.

     Multiple Task and Single Task – multi task allows two OS to work at the same time, while single task allows only one to work at a time

     Distributed – there are independent groups

     Embedded – they work on embedded computer systems

     Real Time – executes real time applications

Reference taken from here http://www.linux-archive.org/redhat/

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