Operating System

Published by: BhumiRaj Timalsina

Published Date: 21 Jan 2022

Operating System in Grade-8, Reference Note

The computer system is a collection of different hardware components. So we need software that could perform the basic tasks such as recognizing input from the input devices, sending output to the output devices, keeping tracks of files and directories on the disk and control computer peripheral devices like mouse, printer, scanners etc. An OS is a collection of system program that controls the operations of the computer system. It activates and recognizes the hardware devices and provides the operating environment for other application software. It acts as the intermediary between a user and the computer hardware. It has major two objectives, first is to activate the hardware devices and other is to provide an interactive interface to the user and interpret commands so that it can communicate with the hardware. Example UNIX, MS-DOS, MS-Windows, Linux etc.

Functions of Operating System

  • File and folder management
  • Device management
  • Memory management
  • Security management
  • Help to run application software for user
  • Process and management

Types of Operating System

Operating system are categorized into different types on the basis of mode of use and user.

Based on mode of user, operating system are classified into two types:

  • Single user operating system: This is the type of computer system which is mostly used in desktop and laptop. It generally provides a simple computer system, which facilitates the running of a variety of software packages as well as it allows users to develop and execute programs of their own.
  • Multi-user operating system: The multi-user operating system allows concurrent access by multiple users of a computer. It allows many different users to take advantage of the computer resources simultaneously. It is often used in business and offices where different users need to access the same resources, but these resources cannot be installed on every system.

We can classify the operating system on the basis user interface like command or character user interface operating system and graphical user interface operating system.

1. Command or Character-based User Interface (CUI)

CUI is a traditional user interface. It provides the interactive terminal where a user could enter the command to interpret. It was the only common place to communicate between a program and its user. Now a day also, we are using this command based interface.

2. Graphical User Interface (GUI)

With the advancement of technology, the computer system has become quicker and cheaper. Operating environment has also changed. This lead the development of graphical user interface where users can interact with the computer using picture and graphs, rather than character and commands. It displays the icon, buttons,