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An Operating System (OS) is a piece of software that the computer runs
that handles all of the details of the exact machine you have, and
provides an ``abstracted'' view. Its role is to provide a selection
of useful services that other software can rely on without them needing to worry about the machine details.
- User Interface (UI) (incl. keyboard and mouse)
- System events
- Memory management
- Process scheduling
- Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), e.g.
For example, an OS allows a user to create files, modify them, and
delete them without ever having to worry about exactly where the data
is stored, how the computer finds it, or what format the data is in on