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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

  • There's real reasons for Linux to replace...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on May 25, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    One of the ongoing system administration controversies in Linux is that there is an ongoing effort to obsolete the old, cross-Unix standard network administration and diagnosis commands of ifconfig, netstat and the like and replace them with fresh new Linux specific things like ss and the ip suite. Old sysadmins are generally grumpy about this; they consider it yet another sign of Linux's 'not invented here' attitude that sees Linux breaking from well-established Unix norms to go its own way. […]

  • US news sites block EU readers due to GDPR
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on May 25, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    This article is terrible, and clearly chooses sides with advertisers and data harvesters over users - not surprising, coming from Bloomberg. For some of America's biggest newspapers and online services, it's easier to block half a billion people from accessing your product than comply with Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation. The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News are just some telling visitors that, "Unfortunately, our website is currently […]

  • Apple rejects Valve's Steam Link game streaming...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on May 25, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Valve's game streaming service Steam Link won't be coming to iOS today, despite a successful Android beta launch earlier this month. According to the official Steam Database Twitter account, Apple rejected the Steam Link app over apparent "business conflicts with app guidelines". Steam Link was first announced for mobile back in March, and the app functions as a remote desktop so users can access their Steam library of PC games from a mobile device and stream them directly for touchscreen play […]

  • Living in a Docker world
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on May 25, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Have you ever tried to install Minecraft and seen an error message like, "This application requires a Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0"? Or you try to install something on Windows, and you get an error that says some .NET framework is missing? Or, as a more basic example, have you ever spent a couple hours setting up a new computer with all your applications and preferences? Those are the kinds of problems Docker, and "containers" more broadly (Docker is kind of the Kleenex of containers), are […]

  • How to manage file access permissions for Windows...
    by donotreply@osnews.com (Thom Holwerda) on May 24, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    In this new version, there are two ways to control file access. You can either decide which apps can access your files stored in the Documents, Pictures, or Videos libraries. Or you can choose which apps have full system access to all of your files, including the ones in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, and local OneDrive folders. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to manage settings to prevent apps from accessing your files. A nifty little feature I didn't even […]