What are the different types of operating systems? Operating systems are programs or software that makes the computer system run. They allow the hardware to be used by the software. They ensure that all components of the system are running fine as well. Given that we are in the computer age, there are more computer devices being introduced to us every day. This being said, more types of operating systems are also introduced to us.
The real time operating systems are types of operating systems that have the goal of executing applications in real time. These types of operating systems use special algorithms that schedule the execution of programs and applications smoothly. The main object of these types of operating systems is to be quick and know how to react predictably to events. There are two main types of real time operating systems – the event driven design which bases their movements on priorities and the time sharing ones which are basing on clock interrupts.
Interactive systems and batch processing systems are types of operating systems wherein the computer programs that are executed are chosen and executed in batches. Keep in mind, though, that these happen without any human intervention. These types of operating systems collect and group the applications that will be tasked to run. Then, after this is done, they are processed on a predetermined schedule. Here, there is no asking for inputs whatsoever as inputs are even collected in batches.
Mobile operating systems are types of operating systems that are meant to be used by mobile devices. These days, computers aren’t the only devices that use operating systems. There are smart phones, laptop computers and tablet devices that employ the use of types of operating systems to run. The mobile operating systems are those that allow a mobile device to play mobile applications, wireless communication, and the like. The most common examples of mobile operating systems these days are Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Distributed operating systems are types of operating systems that manage independent computers. These operating systems have the goal of making a network of computers share a single operating system and make it appear as one. This is mainly done as a form of computer communication. Here, the computers are carried out on a single machine; therefore, they are able to communicate.
Multi user operating systems are types of operating systems that allow multiple people to use a single operation at one time. The computer systems that run multi user operating systems are called time sharing systems as they allow access to the computer systems simultaneously. Single user operating systems, on the other hand, are the types of operating systems that allow only one person to be logged in to use an operating system. Keep in mind that this is different from different users logging in and out of an operating system to use it. For instance, Windows allow multiple user accounts, right? These doesn’t meant that they are multi user operating systems because they would only allow one user account to be logged in at a time.