- What is the importance of an operating system?
An operating system basically runs your whole computer, so without one you could do very little. You need an operating system to tell your computer what to do and communicate with it.
- What is an operating system?
An operating system is a type of software that is a combination of data and programs that manages your whole computer. It is the link between the hardware and the software and ensure the different aspects of the computer work well together and can run together.
- Examples of how we use an operating system in daily use
An operating system acts as the middle man between your hardware and your software. If you are typing on a keyboard for example, which is external hardware, it is your operating system that is making sure the words appear on the screen and then the document, which is software, and is saved to the hard drive, which is hardware again. You will then use your mouse to search through your document and retrieve any work you wish to edit or re-read.
- Popular examples of operating systems
There are five main operating systems that we use today. The main one is Microsoft Windows but Android, iOS, Linux and Mac OS X are becoming increasingly popular. Microsoft Windows is what the majority of people will have on their home PCs and laptops. It is what most people are familiar with and it is user friendly.
Mac OS X is used on Apple computers and is regarded very highly although it can be fiddly for people using it for the first time. Android is used in mobile phones other than the iPhone and Linux is known to be extremely fast and runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.