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Operating System

A. Concept of OS computers are now affecting every sphere of human activity and bringing about many changes in industry , government, education, medicine, scientific, research, law, social sciences and in arts like music and painting .they are presently used ,among other application, to:

  • Design buildings, bridges and machines.
  • Control space vehicles.
  • Aid in preparing a country’s perspective plan.
  • Control inventories to minimize material cost.
  • Grade examinations and process results.
  • Aid in teaching.
  • Systematically store and quickly retrieve data on crime and criminals.
  • Play game like chess and video games.

The areas of applications of computers are confined only by limitations on human creativity and imagination. In fact any task that can be carried out systematically, using a precise step by method, can be performed by a computer. Therefore it is essential for every educated person today to know about a computer, its strengths, its weakness and its internal structure.

Definition of computer

Block Diagram of Computer


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Computer is a electronic machine which accept input and produce output by followed some instructions (programs). Following diagram shows a logical structure of computer.

So computer is a combination of input, memory, processing unit and output input means by which we can enter data in computers e.g. Keyboard, mouse and scanner etc. output devices means by which we are enable to check output to processing unit (Where programs are executing) like monitor, printers etc. memory is a storage area where user saves data and information.

Objectives of Operating Systems

Modern Operating systems generally have following three major goals. Operating systems generally accomplish these goals by running processes in low privilege and providing service calls that invoke the operating system kernel in high-privilege state.

  • To hide details of hardware by creating abstraction

An abstraction is software that hides lower level details and provides a set of higher-level functions. An operating system transforms the physical world of devices, instructions, memory, and time into virtual world that is the result of abstractions built by the operating system. There are several reasons for abstraction. First, the code needed to control peripheral devices is not standardized. Operating systems provide subroutines called device drivers that perform operations on behalf of programs for example, input/output operations. Second, the operating system introduces new functions as it abstracts the hardware. For instance, operating system introduces the file abstraction so that programs do not have to deal with disks. Third, the operating system transforms the computer hardware into multiple virtual computers, each belonging to a different program. Each program that is running is called a process. Each process views the hardware through the lens of abstraction. Fourth, the operating system can enforce security through abstraction.

  • To allocate resources to processes (Manage resources)

An operating system controls how processes (the active agents) may access resources (passive entities).

  • Provide a pleasant and effective user interface

The user interacts with the operating systems through the user interface and usually interested in the “look and feel” of the operating system. The most important components of the user interface are the command interpreter, the file system, on-line help, and application integration. The recent trend has been toward increasingly integrated graphical user interfaces that encompass the activities of multiple processes on networks of computers. One can view Operating Systems from two points of views: Resource manager and extended machines. Form Resource manager point of view Operating Systems manage the different parts of the system efficiently and from extended machines point of view Operating Systems provide a virtual machine to users that is more convenient to use. The structurally Operating Systems can be design as a monolithic system, a hierarchy of layers, a virtual machine system, an exokernel, or using the client-server model. The basic concepts of Operating Systems are processes, memory management, I/O management, the file systems, and security.

Component of computers

Broadly, there are three components of computer:

  • Hardware

Hardware are parts of computer (we can say physical part) which can be touch by user. Physical part of computer is known as hardware like keyboard, monitor, mouse etc.

  • Software

Software is a program, which is stored is computer memory and can not be touch by user. Software is a set of programs and programs are set of instructions. Suppose we have to create a software of mathematics, for that purpose we need number of programs of addition, multiplication etc and within one program, there are number of instructions. Examples: windows98, windows2000, MS office, internet explorer etc.

  • Human ware (Users)

User is also important component of computer because without this we can not operate computer. User is also classified in multiple types like operator, programmer, analyst, administrator etc. Each and every user has specific assignment for achieving a specific task. Component of computers Broadly, there are three components of computer:

  • Hardware

Hardware are parts of computer (we can say physical part) which can be touch by user. Physical part of computer is known as hardware like keyboard, monitor, mouse etc.

  • Software

Software is a program, which is stored is computer memory and can not be touch by user. Software is a set of programs and programs are set of instructions. Suppose we have to create a software of mathematics, for that purpose we need number of programs of addition, multiplication etc and within one program, there are number of instructions. Examples: windows98, windows2000, MS office, internet explorer etc.

  • Human ware (Users)

User is also important component of computer because without this we can not operate computer. User is also classified in multiple types like operator, programmer, analyst, administrator etc. Each and every user has specific assignment for achieving a specific task.

What is an Operating System?

The 1960’s definition of an operating system is “the software that controls the hardware”. However, today, due to microcode we need a better definition. We see an operating system as the programs that make the hardware useable. In brief, an operating system is the set of programs that controls a computer. Some examples of operating systems are UNIX, Mach, MS-DOS, MS-Windows, Windows/NT, Chicago, OS/2, MacOS, VMS, MVS, and VM. Controlling the computer involves software at several levels. We will differentiate kernel services, library services, and application-level services, all of which are part of the operating system. Processes run Applications, which are linked together with libraries that perform standard services. The kernel supports the processes by providing a path to the peripheral devices. The kernel responds to service calls from the processes and interrupts from the devices. The core of the operating system is the kernel, a control program that functions in privileged state (an execution context that allows all hardware instructions to be executed), reacting to interrupts from external devices and to service requests and traps from processes. Generally, the kernel is a permanent resident of the computer. It creates and terminates processes and responds to their request for service. Operating Systems are resource managers. The main resource is computer hardware in the form of processors, storage, input/output devices, communication devices, and data. Some of the operating system functions are: implementing the user interface, sharing hardware among users, allowing users to share data among themselves, preventing users from interfering with one another, scheduling resources among users, facilitating input/output, recovering from errors, accounting for resource usage, facilitating parallel operations, organizing data for secure and rapid access, and handling network communications.

Types of Operating Systems

There are several types of operating systems, with Windows, Linux and Macintosh suites being the most widely used. Here is an overview on each system:

  • Windows: Windows is the popular Microsoft brand preferred by most personal users. This system has come a long way from version 1.0 all the way up to the new Vista and soon to be released Windows 7. Although Windows has made strides in regard to security, it has a reputation for being one of the most vulnerable systems.
  • Unix/Linux: The Unix operating system has been around for years, and it is well known for its stability. Unix is often used more as a server than a workstation. Linux was based on the Unix system, with the source code being a part of GNU open-source project. Both systems are very secure yet far more complex than Windows.
  • Macintosh: Recent versions of the Macintosh operating system, including the Mac OS X, follow the secure architecture of Unix. Systems developed by Apple are efficient and easy to use, but can only function on Apple branded hardware.

History of Operating Systems

Historically operating systems have been tightly related to the computer architecture, it is good idea to study the history of operating systems from the architecture of the computers on which they run. Operating systems have evolved through a number of distinct phases or generations which corresponds roughly to the decades.

The 1940's - First Generations

The earliest electronic digital computers had no operating systems. Machines of the time were so primitive that programs were often entered one bit at time on rows of mechanical switches (plug boards). Programming languages were unknown (not even assembly languages). Operating systems were unheard of.

The 1950's - Second Generation

By the early 1950's, the routine had improved somewhat with the introduction of punch cards. The General Motors Research Laboratories implemented the first operating systems in early 1950's for their IBM 701. The system of the 50's generally ran one job at a time. These were called single-stream batch processing systems because programs and data were submitted in groups or batches.

The 1960's - Third Generation

The systems of the 1960's were also batch processing systems, but they were able to take better advantage of the computer's resources by running several jobs at once. So operating systems designers developed the concept of multiprogramming in which several jobs are in main memory at once; a processor is switched from job to job as needed to keep several jobs advancing while keeping the peripheral devices in use. For example, on the system with no multiprogramming, when the current job paused to wait for other I/O operation to complete, the CPU simply sat idle until the I/O finished. The solution for this problem that evolved was to partition memory into several pieces, with a different job in each partition. While one job was waiting for I/O to complete, another job could be using the CPU. Another major feature in third-generation operating system was the technique called spooling (simultaneous peripheral operations on line). In spooling, a high-speed device like a disk interposed between a running program and a low-speed device involved with the program in input/output. Instead of writing directly to a printer, for example, outputs are written to the disk. Programs can run to completion faster, and other programs can be initiated sooner when the printer becomes available, the outputs may be printed. Note that spooling technique is much like thread being spun to a spool so that it may be later be unwound as needed. Another feature present in this generation was time-sharing technique, a variant of multiprogramming technique, in which each user has an on-line (i.e., directly connected) terminal. Because the user is present and interacting with the computer, the computer system must respond quickly to user requests, otherwise user productivity could suffer. Timesharing systems were developed to multiprogram large number of simultaneous interactive users. Fourth Generation With the development of LSI (Large Scale Integration) circuits, chips, operating system entered in the system entered in the personal computer and the workstation age. Microprocessor technology evolved to the point that it become possible to build desktop computers as powerful as the mainframes of the 1970s. Two operating systems have dominated the personal computer scene: MS-DOS, written by Microsoft, Inc. for the IBM PC and other machines using the Intel 8088 CPU and its successors, and UNIX, which is dominant on the large personal computers using the Motorola 6899 CPU family.

What is operating software?

As we already know that computer is a set of hardware but user is unable to communicate with the hardware because user need a some interface to operate a computer, so operating system (OS) is a master interface between user and computer . OS is a system program which instructs user to access computer in very easy way . best Example of is DOS and windows98 now a days windows 98 is one of the best OS in world because it is so user friendly, easy to learn and supported GUI(Graphical user interface). GUI means commands displayed in form of pictures. So we can say OS is a layer between user and computer.



A. types of OS with Examples As you already know that OS has a key function to manage computers . According to requirements, OS is applicable for single user system where one user only works on the same computer. But sometimes we have to work on number of system. So OS of two types:-

  1. Single User System

The system, which is utilized by a single user at a particular time, is known as single user system and the operating system that supports this activity is know as single user operating system. Disk operating system (DOS) is the example of this type of system. In other words in this type of system only one user can access the file and modify the same at any given point of time.

  1. Multi User System

The system , which is utilized by more than one person /user at a given point of time , is know as multi user systems and the operating system that supports this activity is know as multi user operating system . MS-Windows &Unix are two such popular operating systems. In this kind of environment multiple users can access the file located on a particular system and modify it from their location only provided they are authorized to do so.

Components of desktop

Major parts of the windows 98 screen

  • Desktop

The large, backgrund area of the windows screen. You can customize the desktop by adding shortcuts to favorife programs, documents , and printers. You can also change the look of the desktop to fit your mood and personality.

  • My Documents

My doucuments is a special folder that provides a convenient place to store files and documents you create on your computer.

  • My Computer

My computer lets you see everything on your computer. Double –click the my computer icon on the desktop to browse through your files and folders.

  • Network Neighborhood

If you 're on a network the network neighborhood icon will appear on your desktop. You can double –click the network neighborhood icon to browse through the computer in your woekgroup and the computer on the network. If you 're connected to the internet, the network neighborhood icon will on your desktop , since the internet is actully a network too.

  • Recycle Bin

The recycle bin stores all the files you delete from your computer. You can use the recycle bin to retrieve files you deleted by accident or enpty the recycle bin to create more disk space.

  • My briefcase

If you work on two computers, you can use the briefcase to keep you files up-to-date.

  • Taskbar

The taskbar usually appears at the bottom of your screen, contains the famous starts button, which you use to start your programs. Whenever you open a program, document, or window, an icon for that program appears on the taskbar. This lets you see which programs are currently running and easily switch between them.

  • Start Button

The start button lets you quickly open your programs and documents. You can also use the start button to find and change the settings for windows.

New in windows 98, the quick launch toolbar gives you quick access to your most frequently used applications. Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, the windows desktop, and several web sites called channels, are already included on Quick Launch Toolbar by default.

Functions of the Operating System

An operating system is a software component that acts as the core of a computer system. It performs various functions and is essentially the interface that connects your computer and its supported components. In this article, we will discuss the basic functions of the operating system, along with security concerns for the most popular types. Also learn more about Basic Operation Drivers play a major role in the operating system. A driver is a program designed to comprehend the functions of a particular device installed on the system. A driver enables the operation of numerous devices, including your mouse, keyboard printer, video card and CD-ROM drive by translating commands from the operating system or the user into commands understood by the associated component. It also translates responses from the component back to the operating system, software application or user.

The operating system performs other functions with system utilities that monitor performance,
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