Welcome to VintageOS ver. 2012/10/25
What is an operating system (OS)?
In the simplest definition, an operating system
is a set of instructions (software)
that controls some hardware.
These instructions are layered over the kernel
accessing the hardware
directly and the user interface
(command line interface
or graphic user interface)
for the user (normally a human being) to interact with it. These instructions
are written (coded) using in different languages from
languages (like machine language and assembler)
to high level
languages (like C++).
Operating systems have evolved from their early days and
surprisingly most modern operating systems are made a good time ago like
MVS in 1964,
Unix in 1969,
BSD in 1977,
DOS in 1980,
(or Mac) in
1984, Windows in 1985 and
Linux in 1991.
In the past couple of years, a different approach to
operating systems and management of resources is using thin-client terminals
accessing all resources from a server through a web browser. This is what
nowadays is referred to cloud computing.
At the same time, computers have shrunk from huge systems
that would normally fit in a loft (like an IBM 360
to machines that fit in your pocket like any of today's mobile phones. Computers
are used worldwide for various purposes from web browsing to going to
This site takes a high level look of the different operating systems used
Use this site as a source of information on different
operating systems at your own discretion. I offer no warranties that the
information in this site is fully accurate and you are welcome to
correct any errors that you
find. You can copy and/or steal the contents for your school reports. Do
not publish it on other websites or other media and say that
you wrote this information. The latter would not be nice and is considered
plagiarism. You can credit VintageOS
and give this site a link (thanks in advance).
Technology is great and gives us access to a lot of nice
toys that must be used carefully especially with children, like the
I am trying to write white papers that you can share with friends and family on
technology. Of course, I have not had enough time to do so. For the time being,
you can read the white paper on how to protect children on-line
and my experiences with PC-BSD
(though a bit outdated).
On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information
all around me more than the common human. Hence one of the subjects that
attracts me most is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the
individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays on my own.
From all possible authors on human behavior, some of my favorites are
Said all this, I am the author of a science fiction book trilogy, in which I
include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation
of the masses, media, science and various technologies by the name of
Under the Thelian Sky.