Saturday, July 9, 2011

Operating System Characteristics

Operating system as interface between application and hardware have some characteristics, such as:

1. Multitasking
  • Ability to run several applications/tasks at the same time.
  • Example: Running Word while download file from Internet.
2. Networking
  • Ability to communication with other separate computer/device.
  • Example: Sharing file with another computer.
3. Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
  • Ability to exchange information among applications.
4. Remote Access
  • Ability to access or accessed another system from separate location.
  • Example: Windows Remote Access.
5. Plug and Play
  • Ability to detect new device when system has been running.
  • Example: OS detect new printer.
6. Compatibility
  • Ability to run application designed for another operating system.
7. Multiprogramming
  • Ability to manage processor to run several instruction at the same time.

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