What is an operating system (OS)?
updated on 2014/03/07 07:56:37.
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 command line interface
or graphic user interface
for the user
(normally a human being) to interact with it. These instructions are written
using in different languages
(like machine language
have evolved from their early days and surprisingly most modern
were made a good time ago like MVS
in 1964, Unix in 1969,
in 1977, DOS
in 1980, Macintosh
in 1985 and Linux in 1991.
In the past couple of years, a different approach to
and management of resources uses thin-clients
(practically dumb terminals)
accessing all resources from a server
through a web browser
referred to cloud computing.
(See web platforms.)
At the same time, computers have shrunk from huge systems that would normally
fit in a loft (like an IBM System/360
to machines that fit in your pocket like any of today's
Computers are used worldwide for various purposes from web browsing to going to
outer space. This site takes a high level look of the different
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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around
me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from
is human behavior,
not limited to psychology
of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of
my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in
order of interest) Nietzsche,
Said all this, I am also the author of a
trilogy (now released in one volume), in which I include my opinion on
manipulation of the masses,
and various technologies.
You can get my book Under the Thelian Sky
exclusively at Amazon
available on print ISBN 9781494232283
and ebook ASIN B00GTQBY04.