What is an Operating System (OS)?

How to identify your operating system (os)

An OS, or operating system, is the program that manages all other application programs in the computer.

Applications make requests to the OS through APIs, and users can interact with the OS through a command line or graphical user interface,

often with a keyboard and mouse or by touch. You’re probably familiar with OS like macOS, iOS, Windows, and Linux.

Operating systems

are developed with different features to meet the specific needs of the device it runs on.

For instance, a desktop OS like Windows works great on a large monitor but would be cramped on a smartphone.

Conversely, Android for smartphones

would look awkward and sparse blown up on a large display. Outside of personal devices OSes are everywhere.

Embedded operating systems

are built into larger systems like cars, traffic lights, digital TVs, ATMs, airplane controls, digital cameras, GPS navigation systems, and even elevators.

Network operating systems

support devices connected to a local area network and real-time operating systems guarantee a certain capability within a time constraint,

Operating System (OS)

like ensuring a certain object is available for a robot on an assembly line.

What makes of operating systems do you like to use in your personal life?

What about at work? Let us know in the comments below.

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