What’s An Operating System? – Elf Knows It [ARCHIVED]

An operating system is the software, or collection of software, that makes the use of a computer for the user possible. Most people will just think an operating system is another name for Windows. But Windows is actually just one type of operating system:

The most common operating systems that are in use today would be:

  • Windows
    This is built mainly for business and home computing.

  • Linux
    A free Unix
    style operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the
    assistance of developers around the world. This operating system is
    becoming very poplar with networking professionals. Software
    applications are widely available and are often free. Linux is also
    starting to develop a liking by advance home users as an alternative to
    Windows operating systems.

  • Mac OS
    Name of operating system used by Macintosh computers. Originally, the Macintosh operating systems were called System x.xx (x represented the version numbers). System is no longer used since the release of Mac OS 8.

Full list of operating systems

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