The Key Elements of an Operating System

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An operating system is a software that controls your computer. There are a few elements that make up an operating system.

The first element of an operating system is the kernel. The kernel ensures that every running process has adequate time to execute. It does this while controlling the amount of the computer’s resources that every process can use.

Another feature of the operating system is to share the memory of the computer with the processes that are trying to use it. It also manages situations where there is not enough physical memory to share out between the processes.

The most important part of an operating system is the user interface, This is the first thing that you see after you log in to your computer. This part of the operating system allows users to able to interact with the computer.

There are two types of user interfaces. The first interface of operating systems is called a graphical user interface. This is the visually pleasing scene that you first see when you turn on your computer. It shows your desktop and file icons.

The second type of interface is called a command line interface. This is a text based interface that you can use by typing in text commands. It is unlikely that you will ever need to use this interface unless you choose to do so.

While there are many more elements to an operating system these three are fairly important and easy to understand. The key thing to remember is that an operating system is there so that you can easily use your computer. Without this system you would have to communicate to the computer in a technical language that consists of numbers. Operating systems allow users to input their commands and the computer to understand the task that is required of it.

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