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A program that controls all activity taking place on a computer system. Examples of operating systems are Unix, OS/2, and MS-DOS. Typical functions include: storing and retrieving files; starting and stopping user programs; allocating and controlling I/O devices; and executing user commands.
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Last updated: 1995/12/01 02:37:26 UT
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