Operating system

What is it?

A computer's operating system (OS) is the software that supports its basic functions and is the interface between the user and the machine. Everything from super computers to your laptop computer, your mobile phone and gaming consoles has operating system software. Well known operating systems are Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and UNIX.

How does it work?

Any device with a computer needs an operating system as the basic spine from which all essential functions are run.

Why is it useful?

Operating systems are essential for any computer device.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and operating systems?

Because the operating system is vital to your computer, you may want to discuss with your child the importance of not tampering or changing it in anyway.


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