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Ch 4: Operating Systems for Computers

About This Chapter

Gain an overview of computer operating systems with this collection of lessons and quizzes. This self-paced chapter offers you a quick way to study these concepts for exams, homework, class assignments or personal use.

Operating Systems for Computers - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert computer science instructors break down the basics of computer operating systems. These engaging and simple video lessons explore the primary functions of operating systems, as well as topics related to operating system types, graphical user interfaces and command line interfaces. You can work through the chapter at your own pace using you desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet. Print the lesson transcripts if you want to study offline, and be sure to take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Explain how computer operating systems manage hardware and software resources
  • Describe several OS functions, including systems management, communication and hardware/software services
  • Differentiate between personal, enterprise and workgroup operating systems
  • Identify the components of a graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Recognize command line interface options, parameters and commands

5 Lessons in Chapter 4: Operating Systems for Computers
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Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources

1. Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources

This lesson will introduce you to computer operating systems and help you figure out the difference between application and operating system software. Also, we will learn the difference between a desktop and wallpaper.

OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services

2. OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services

The operating system (or OS ) is the brain of a computer and manages its functions, including systems management/monitoring, communication/networking services management, security services management, and hardware/software services management.

Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems

3. Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems

While every computer needs an operating system, different devices and different users need different functionalities. Learn about the different types of operating systems.

What is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)? - Definition, Components & Examples

4. What is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)? - Definition, Components & Examples

If you use a computer or smart phone, you have used a GUI. In this lesson we will find out what a GUI is, quickly trace its history, and cover its key components. We'll also take a look at some current examples.

Command Line Interface: Commands, Parameters & Options

5. Command Line Interface: Commands, Parameters & Options

Despite the popularity of graphical user interfaces, command line is still widely used. In a command-line interface, a user interacts with a computer by typing in lines of text. Learn about the use of commands, parameters and options.

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