What is an operating system?

operating system It has come to my attention that a lot of people do not know what an operating system is. Without an operating system you have no computer. An OS (operating system) is the management system for your computer. Most people are familiar with Microsoft Windows operating system.Windows 7 is the newest version of the Windows operating system. Apple runs a unix based operating system. The newest one out is Lion but most people are running on Snow Leopard. Linux has a wide variety of operating systems like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora , Mandriva, SuSE. I run different operating systems because they all have their advantages.

If you are running an operating system on a workplace/school then the computers need to be able to “talk” to the server or servers which are running the system. You need to use the recommended and supported OS for work and you need to be mindful that you cannot change things on a workplace computer without talking to a technician about it. Most work computers are set with one operating system and that is the one you use for your workplace. If you try and run a different OS you will have compatibility problems because different OS’s speak a different language and it is very hard to make a lot of computers work together if they are not running a compatible OS.

At home you might have your operating system dictated by your internet service provider. Some internet providers find it hard to work with Linux and some find it hard to work with older versions of Windows. Your internet service provider will generally be helpful in providing you good information as to how to smooth out your internet connection.

That said, I use the operating system the school provides for school AND I DO NOT CHANGE IT. It is a workplace computer and has to fit into a big system. At home I run the latest versions of Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Windows 7 but my Apple laptop is quite happy on my home network too.

There is a very clear explanation of operating systems here at learnfree.org.

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