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What is an operating system?
An operating system is software that manages and organises that computer's resources and basic functions, including:
- User interface
- Processing time
- Peripherals (e.g. printers, hard drives)
- multi tasking
- manages arrors
Examples of operating systems include Linux, Windows and Mac OS.
Mobile phones and hand-held devices have different operating systems, designed specifically for them, e.g. Android, Apple iOS and Windows Phone. They don't contain all the features of a traditional desktop or laptop computer, but perform a similar role, linking the user to the software and the hardware.
Ideas for the classroom
Ask students to consider the similarities and differences between operating systems - they could make a poster/fact sheet/presentation to illustrate.