What is an Operating System?



  • Operating System (usually abbreviated OS) is a collection of computer programs that manages the hardware and software resources of the computer and make those resources available to the user, in a way that allows the user access via a user interface to the computer in a productive, timely, and efficient manner.
  • The Operating System controls the computer hardware.
  • The Operating system controls and operates the hardware in an efficient fashion to allow users access to facilities in machine.
  • It manages availability of hardware and software to both user and the programs.
  • A modern Operating Systems allows multiple programs to run.
  • The Operating System allows users to connect computers to computers as well as other more simpler tasks like visiting the internet to playing music.


Modern Operating Systems include:
  • Windows
    • XP (2001)
    • Vista (2007)
    • 7 (2010)
  • Mac OS X
    • 10.4 Tiger (2005)
    • 10.5 Leopard (2007)
    • 10.6 Snow Leopard (2009)
    • 10.7 Lion (2010)
    • 10.8 Mountain Lion (2012)
  • Linux
    • Debian 6 (2012)
    • Fedora 16 (2012)
    • openSUSE 12.1 (2012)
    • Slackware 13.37 (2011)
    • Ubuntu 12.04 (2012)


Icons used by Major Operating Systems
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Mac OS X Icon

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Common Linux Logo

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Blue Windows XP logo

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Windows 7 logo


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Debian logo

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Fedora logo

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openSUSE logo

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Slackware logo

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Ubuntu logo



Edited By Daniel Gillo
Last Modified 1st November 2010