What is an operating system (OS)?
updated on 2014/04/16 07:37:08.
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 graphical 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
At the same time, computers
have shrunk from huge machines that would normally fit in a loft (like an
to machines that fit in your pocket like any of today's
Computers are used worldwide for various purposes from
to going to outer space (NASA).
This site takes a high level look of the various
used worldwide. VintageOS
is merely my opinion, the result of my curiosity of
As such, the sole purpose of VintageOS
is to document my experiences of rebuilding old
and their operating systems
and to have fun while doing the latter.
You are welcome to use VintageOS
as a source of information on different
at your sole discretion since I offer no guarantee that the information herein
is fully accurate, regardless how much I try. I do not claim to be an expert on
any of the subjects covered within VintageOS.
Just like most geeks,
I am constantly learning about, testing and breaking new
If you have any questions and/or want to correct any errors, you are welcome to
emailme to correct any errors that you find. If you desire, you can copy and/or steal
the contents for your school reports, but do NOT publish it on
other websites and/or other Media
and say that you wrote this information. The latter would not be nice and is
actually a form of plagiarism.
You can credit VintageOS
and give VintageOS
a link thanks in advance.
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)