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  History of operating systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An operating system, or "monitor" as it was sometimes called, permitted jobs to become multistep with the monitor running several programs in sequence to effect the translation and subsequent run of the user's program.
Early systems had utilized Microprogramming to implement features on their systems in order to permit different underlying architecture to appear to be the same as others in a series.
The system is an example of a system which started as a database application support program, graduated to system work, and still exists across a wide variety of systems supported on most UNIX systems as an addon database system.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/History_of_operating_systems   (2090 words)

 Operating system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As well as the kernel, an operating system is often distributed with system software that manages a graphical user interface (although Windows and Macintosh have integrated these programs into the operating system), as well as utility programs for tasks such as managing files and configuring the operating system.
Commercially-supplied operating systems are present on virtually all modern devices described as computers, from personal computers to mainframes, as well as mobile computers such as PDAs and mobile phones.
Mainframe operating systems, such as IBM's z/OS, and embedded operating systems such as VxWorks, eCos, and Palm OS, are usually unrelated to Unix and Windows, except for Windows CE, Windows NT Embedded 4.0 and Windows XP Embedded which are descendants of Windows, and several *BSDs, and Linux distributions tailored for embedded systems.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Operating_system   (3504 words)

 History of Operating Systems
Historically operating systems have been tightly related to the computer architecture, it is good idea to study the history of operating systems from the architecture of the computers on which they run.
Operating systems have evolved through a number of distinct phases or generations which corresponds roughly to the decades.
So operating systems designers developed the concept of multiprogramming in which several jobs are in main memory at once; a processor is switched from job to job as needed to keep several jobs advancing while keeping the peripheral devices in use.
www.personal.kent.edu /~rmuhamma/OpSystems/Myos/osHistory.htm   (541 words)

 Nature and History of Operating Systems for Computers
An operating system is a program that runs on a computer to simplify the use of the computer for the user.
In order to carry out these functions the operating system has to require a systematic structure for the inputs and outputs; there is a definite structure to files and there is a systematic way in which the files are stored on the data storage devices.
Although now the concept of an operating system appears to be a natural and obvious one, operating systems evolved over a considerable period of time.
www.sjsu.edu /faculty/watkins/opsys.htm   (1368 words)

 Iterations: An interdisciplinary journal of software history
The system software itself had to be supremely reliable, and coordinate the sharing of memory, disk, and processor resources between hundreds of users while protecting itself from tampering or corruption.
Multicians complain that later and more commercially successful systems included implementations of features such as memory segmentation, dynamic linking, and security that were not merely guilty of failing to improve on their own work, but were actually designed in ignorance of their labors.
The second goal, to "record the history of the system, its builders, and its users," is the hardest to achieve—because of its breadth, and because it implies the eventual transmission of this information beyond the Multicians themselves.
www.cbi.umn.edu /iterations/haigh.html   (3680 words)

 history of operating system
Examples of operating systems that were primarily batch-oriented include: BKY, BOS/360, BPS/360, CAL, and Chios.
The first operating system to introduce system calls was University of Machester’s Atlas I Supervisor.
A few newly hired engineers were unable to get valuable mainframe computer time because of lack of seniority and resorted to writing their own operating system (UNIX) and programming language (C) to run on an unused mainframe computer still in the original box (the manufacturer had gone out of business before shipping an operating system).
www.osdata.com /kind/history.htm   (3369 words)

 www.usd.edu Operating Systems History
This report shows the operating systems (and version number, where applicable) being used by site visitors to make hits to your site over time.
Additionally, different operating systems tend to represent different types of visitors, so any upward and downward trends in a particular operating system should be taken into consideration when planning future site content.
Name of the operating system being analyzed, along with its version number where applicable.
www.usd.edu /statistics/funnel/OperatingSystemsHistory.html   (263 words)

 Server Operating Systems Technical Comparison
For non-technical persons: A general overview of operating systems for non-technical people is located at: kinds of operating systems.
Brief summaries of operating systems are located at: summaries of operating systems.
The holistic area looks at operating systems from a holistic point of view and particular subjects in that presentation may be useful for comparison.
www.osdata.com   (1302 words)

 History of Operating Systems
This is the beginning of Microsoft, and their pursuit to dominate the Operating system industry.
Microsoft thought that OS/2 was a decent Operating System, but Gates saw the future in something similar to the Operating System of the Macintosh.
IBM wanted to control the Operating System business and this was their attempt.
www.skrause.org /computers/os_history.shtml   (1880 words)

 Softpanorama OS History Education Project Library
An early version of the system was installed at MIT's Lincoln Labs in 1967, because of Lincoln's dissatisfaction with the "standard" IBM time-sharing offering, TSS (Time Sharing System), which was at that time very slow and unreliable.
Operating systems history reveals that the role of Microsoft as an innovator in OS design was/is minimal, but does exists.
History of UNIX before Berkeley - evolution of the operating system from 1975-1984.
www.softpanorama.org /History/os_history.shtml   (5917 words)

 history of operating systems - OurGate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
History of Before 1960 1960s to present Operating systems The history of computer operating systems recapitulates to a degree, the recent history of.
Operating systems (OS) provide a set of functions needed and used by most applications, and provide...
Mac OS X is a unique operating system in that it represents a rather successful coming together of paradigms...
www.ourgate.com /info/history-of-operating-systems   (247 words)

 CS322: Operating Systems History
Spooling batch systems were the first and are the simplest of the multiprogramming systems.
One advantage of spooling batch systems was that the output from jobs was available as soon as the job completed, rather than only after all jobs in the current cycle were finished.
The operating system is responsible for switching between the jobs, now often called processes, in such a way that favored user interaction.
www.cs.gordon.edu /courses/cs322/lectures/history.html   (1568 words)

 Essay: A History of Apple's Operating Systems - Coursework.Info
Introduction Mac OS X is a unique operating system in that it represents a rather successful coming together of paradigms, ideologies, and technologies that have usually resisted each other in the past.
Mac OS X is perhaps one of the best examples of how a capable system can result through the direct or indirect efforts of corporations, academic and research communities, the Open Source and Free Software movements, and even individuals.
This document discusses operating systems that Apple has created in the past, and many that it tried to create.
coursework.info /.../A_History_of_Apples_Operating_Systems_L76324.html   (266 words)

 Trexle - Operating Systems
Operating Systems Through Time (8-bits) - A brief history of 8-bit operating systems.
History of the AmigaOS GUI - Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Amiga Workbench's history.
Operating Systems History - A Brief History of Computer Operating Systems from the mid 1950s on.
www.trexle.com /Directory/Top/Computers/History/Operating_Systems   (72 words)

 History Operating Systems Directory by InterTechie.com
History and Timeline: UNIX Past: Historical summary and timeline.
History of the BSD Daemon: Various drawings, pictures, and information on the red devil BSD mascot.
Operating Systems Through Time (8-bits): A brief history of 8-bit operating systems.
www.intertechie.com /dir/subcategory.asp?id=10190005   (565 words)

 History of Operating Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This operating system component allows a user to interact with the system.
This type of operating system is largely associated with servers.
This is a component of an operating system reponsible for organizing files.
school.discovery.com /quizzes32/coachbobbitt/historyofos.html   (250 words)

 A Technical History of Apple's Operating Systems: Introduction
It encompasses not only Mac OS X and its relevant ancestors, but the various operating systems that Apple has dabbled with since the company's inception, and many systems that were direct or indirect sources of inspiration.
Just as this document provides a super-detailed history of Apple's operating systems, the book itself is super-detailed on the internals of modern day Mac OS X. It is not at all a book about using Mac OS X—it is about the system's design and implementation.
Therefore, I expect it to appeal to all operating system enthusiasts and students.
www.osxbook.com /book/bonus/chapter1   (433 words)

 Operating Systems Through Time (8-bits)
While some operating systems, like the love-hate Unix, have been around since the early days of digital computing (read 1960's), most have appeared in the late 70's to the present time, varying from powerful multiuser OS's to little OS's that ran on 8 bit computers in under 64K of memory.
Its operating system was BASIC, but had a built-in ML monitor and could generate a fl-and-white TV display with its 4K of RAM (max 8K).
OS9 was an operating system that was one of the few, if not the only, multitasking, multithreading, and, if you're lucky, multi-user operating systems extant for an 8-bit system.
www.armory.com /~spectre/tech.html   (7367 words)

 Windows History: Windows Desktop Products History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Windows 98 SE was also the first consumer operating system from Microsoft capable of using device drivers that also worked with the Windows NT business operating system.
For example, to help consumers troubleshoot their systems, the System Restore feature let users roll back their PC software configuration to a date or time before a problem occurred.
The first 64-bit client operating system from Microsoft, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition is designed for specialized, technical workstation users who require large amounts of memory and floating point performance in areas such as movie special effects, 3D animation, engineering, and scientific applications.
www.microsoft.com /windows/winhistorydesktop.mspx   (1867 words)

 ECS 150 Spring 2000 Beginnings of Operating Systems
Goal: To look at the history of operating systems and see why they developed as they did; to se the basic functions and designs of operating systems
This is the MINIX context switch routine; it is lines 6319-6345 of the MINIX operating system (see the text, p.
If the restoration of registers is interrupted, then the system will have to know which ones were changed and which ones were not.
nob.cs.ucdavis.edu /classes/ecs150-2000-01/beginnings.html   (516 words)

 A History of Apple's Operating Systems
Mac OS X is a unique operating system in that it represents a rather successful coming together of paradigms, ideologies, and technologies that have usually resisted each other in the past.
Through this discussion, we will come across several technologies the confluence of which eventually led to Mac OS X. An important goal of the discussion is to better understand the reasons, and if possible, the rationale behind Mac OS X and its important components.
This, in turn, will be helpful in understanding and appreciating the system as it is today.
www.kernelthread.com /mac/oshistory   (342 words)

 CS384: Design of Operating Systems
This course introduces the design and implementation of modern operating systems.
Topics include the history of operating systems, process synchronization and scheduling, deadlock detection and avoidance, memory management, file systems, protection and security, and input/output systems.
Laboratory projects provide experience in using and implementing operating system facilities.
people.msoe.edu /~taylor/cs384/index.htm   (322 words)

 Omniseek: /Computing /History /Operating Systems /
Top: Computers: History: Operating Systems (19) Operating Systems History - A Brief History of Computer Operating Systems from the mid 1950s on.
The first version of UNIX was created in 1969 by Kenneth Thompson and Dennis Ritchie, system engineers at ATandT's Bell Labs.
Excerpts: "Evidence is very strong that bad typing played a large role in the design of the UNIX system." "The article is a joke piece on the history of UNIX.
www.omniseek.com /srch/{2555}   (475 words)

 History Of Operating Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
NEXTSTEP Apple Operating System history can be found here.
Computer science course offers a brief history of computer operating machines with details on stacked job batch systems, spooling batch systems, and timesharing systems.
Begun as 'Server Operating Systems Technical Comparison: how does Rhapsody compare as a server OS'; has expanded to compare and contrast other OSs.
www.unixdos.com /history-of-operating-systems.html   (155 words)

 CS354 - Operating Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Applied Operating Systems Concepts: 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.7, 1.11.
An article by Neal Stephenson discussing the history of operating systems.
A ton of links to pages discussing the history of various versions of the Unix operating system.
www.dickinson.edu /~braught/courses/cs354s02/classes/chap01.html   (77 words)

 operating systems + history   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Find operating systems history and more at Lycos Search.
The best of the best sites for operating systems history on the web.
Read about operating systems history in the free online encyclopedia and dictionary.
www.xtypa.com /operating_systems_+_history.htm   (194 words)

 MacSlash | Complete History of Apple Operating Systems
But he lists OPENSTEP 4.2 as a NeXT Operating System - it was released by Apple in January 1997 and supported by Apple Enterprise IT (i.e.
Another Apple foray into UNIX came in the form of some very nice server boxes [everymac.com] and IBM's AIX operating system.
I thought it was very fascinating to learn about some of the history of the Developer Tools for Mac OS X. Interface Builder started at NeXT.
macslash.org /article.pl?sid=04/03/05/0016204   (1259 words)

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