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operating system (os) : software that controls the operation of a computer and directs the processing of programs (as by assigning storage space in memory and controlling input and output functions) — Webster

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Operating system (OS) is a set of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is a vital component of the system software in a computer system. Application programs require an operating system to function. — Wikipedia

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Future of operating systems: simplicity (David Gelernter, Computer World)

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OSNews Exploring the Future of Computing

  • What's going on with Microsoft's Surface...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on July 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Zac Bowden has published an article making sense of all the news and rumors regarding Microsoft's Andromeda device, its dual-screen foldable tablet thing. According to his sources, the device is not cancelled, but delayed until next year because the custom UI Microsoft is building for it needs more time. The Andromeda device runs an experience tailored for its unique form-factor, which is built on top of Windows Core OS. This tailored experience is known as Andromeda OS and includes no […]

  • Google's Loon brings internet-by-balloon to Kenya
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on July 19, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Google's sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region. The firm's antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind high above parts of the African country. Sometimes, crazy ideas do seem to work. […]

  • Bloomberg: Fuchsia intended to replace Android in...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on July 19, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Well, here it is. I've been saying for 18 months now that Fuchsia clearly felt like a whole lot more than "just" a research operating system, and that I believed its developers' ultimate goal is to replace Android, which is a dead end. This Bloomberg article by the usually well-informed Mark Gurman is the clearest indication yet that such is, indeed, the end goal. But members of the Fuchsia team have discussed a grander plan that is being reported here for the first time: Creating a single […]

  • Chrome OS isn't ready for tablets yet
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on July 19, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    So this is supposed to be a review of the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, a tablet that was designed explicitly and exclusively for the education market. Acer and Google say teachers really wanted a tablet form factor for the classroom, and they really don't want to have to figure out how to manage an entirely new operating system when they're already all in on Chrome OS. And so here it is, finally: an honest-to-goodness Chrome OS tablet. Keep this article in mind when you read the next item I'm […]

  • Chinese iCloud user data is now handled by a...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on July 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    If you're an Apple customer living in China who didn't already opt out of having your iCloud data stored locally, here's a good reason to do so now. That information, the data belonging to China-based iCloud users which includes emails and text messages, is now being stored by a division of China Telecom, the state-owned telco. The operator's Tianyi cloud storage business unit has taken the reins for iCloud China, according to a WeChat post from China Telecom. Apple separately confirmed the […]