What are the Types of Operating Systems
An Operating System performs all the basic tasks like managing file,process, and memory. Thus operating system acts as manager of all the resources, i.e. resource manager. Thus operating system becomes an interface between user and machine.
Types of Operating Systems: Some of the widely used operating systems are as follows-
1. Batch Operating System
This type of operating system does not interact with the computer directly. There is an operator which takes similar jobs having same requirement and group them into batches. It is the responsibility of operator to sort the jobs with similar needs.
Advantages of Batch Operating System:
- It is very difficult to guess or know the time required by any job to complete. Processors of the batch systems know how long the job would be when it is in queue
- Multiple users can share the batch systems
- The processor idle time for batch system is very low
- It is easy to manage large tasks repeatedly in batch systems
Disadvantages of Batch Operating System:
- The computer operators should have a good understanding of batch systems
- Batch systems are hard to debug
- It is sometime costly
- The other jobs will have to wait for an unknown time if any job fails
Examples of Batch based Operating System: Payroll System, Bank Statements etc.
2. Time-Sharing Operating Systems
Each task is given some time to execute, so that all the tasks work smoothly. Each user gets a time time slot on the CPU. These systems are also known as Multitasking Systems. The task can be from single user or from different users. The time that each task gets to execute is called quantum. After this time interval is over OS switches to next task.
Advantages of Time-Sharing OS:
- Each task gets an equal time on the processor
- Less chances of duplication of software
- CPU idle time can be reduced
Disadvantages of Time-Sharing OS:
- The operating system must take care of security and integrity of user programs and data
- Data communication problems can arise with if the data storage or users are remotely located
Examples of Time-Sharing OSs are: Linux, Unix etc.