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Types of operating systems
Multi-user vs. Single user
Single user OS
Single-user operating systems can only be used by one user at a time.
A few example single-user OS: – DOS – Windows – Linux
Don’t be confused with multiple accounts on a computer...for someone else to use their account you have to log off yours first!
These systems are also known are single application OS. As one application is concentrated at a time. These systems require less resources and can do processing in a queue. The recurring tasks are performed well in these systems. For example making payroll or salaries of employees.
Supports one user at a time
Easy to maintain
Less chance to damage
Concentrate on one task
Tasks take longer time to complete
Idle time is higher
Allow lots of users to share data and resources at (apparently) the same time. This is called a network.
A server controls how the computers run and communicate.
The server needs a Network Operating System (NOS), for example, Microsoft Windows Server, UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, Novell NetWare, and BSD etc..
A multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access a computer system concurrently.
Time-sharing system can be classified as multi-user systems as they enable a multiple user access to a computer through the sharing of time.
Highly stable centralized servers
Security concerns are handled through servers
Server access are possible remotely from different locations and types of systems
Servers are costly
User has to depend on central location for most operations
Maintenance and updates are required regularly
Multi-tasking vs. Single-tasking
When a single program is allowed to run at a time, the system is grouped under a single-tasking system.
One of the most popular single-tasking (single-user) operating systems: DOS.
This operating system occupies less space in memory
It can perform only a single task at a time
No protection between the OS and user programs
Files have no "ownership"
Multitasking is when multiple jobs are executed by the CPU simultaneously by switching between them.
While in case the operating system allows the execution of multiple tasks at one time, it is classified as a multi-tasking operating system. Many single-user operating systems allow users to run multiple applications.
For example, you can work with the table, licten to music and check for viruses your computer at the same time.
In multitasking switches occur so frequently that the users may interact with each program while it is running.
Handle multiple users
The user can use multiple programs
Efficient virtual memory
CPU idle time can be reduced
Limitation of memory
Limitation of the processor
CPU heat up
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