Operating System (OS)

Technology / Computers / Operating System (OS): The most important program that runs on a computer. Every general-purpose computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Operating systems perform basic tasks, such as recognizing input from the keyboard, sending output to the display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers. For large systems, the operating system has even greater responsibilities and powers. It is like a traffic cop -- it makes sure that different programs and users running at the same time do not interfere with each other. The operating system is also responsible for security, ensuring that unauthorized users do not access the system. Operating systems provide a software platform on top of which other programs, called application programs, can run. The application programs must be written to run on top of a particular operating system. Your choice of operating system, therefore, determines to a great extent the applications you can run. For PCs, the most popular operating systems are DOS, OS/2, and Windows, but others are available, such as Linux. As a user, you normally interact with the operating system through a set of commands. For example, the DOS operating system contains commands such as COPY and RENAME for copying files and changing the names of files, respectively. The commands are accepted and executed by a part of the operating system called the command processor or command line interpreter. Graphical user interfaces allow you to enter commands by pointing and clicking at objects that appear on the screen.

Other Words for System

System Adjective Synonyms: organized whole, organization, set, group, combination, structure, arrangement, pattern, set-up
System Noun Synonyms: scheme, method, approach, modus operandi, way, procedure, methodology, technique, plan, process, practice, routine
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Operating Cash Flow

Business / Finance / Operating Cash Flow: Earnings before depreciation minus taxes. Measures the cash generated from operations, not counting capital spending or working capital requirements. MORE

Operating Budget

Business / Human Resources (HR) / Operating Budget: A detailed projection of all projected income and expenses during a specified future period. MORE

Operating Cycle

Business / Finance / Operating Cycle: The average time between the acquisition of materials or services and the final cash realization from that acquisition. MORE

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