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  • A computer system consists of

    • hardware

    • system programs

    • application programs

History of operating systems 1

History of Operating Systems (1)

Early batch system

  • bring cards to 1401

  • read cards to tape

  • put tape on 7094 which does computing

  • put tape on 1401 which prints output

Computer hardware review 1

Computer Hardware Review (1)


  • Components of a simple personal computer


Type of computers

Type of Computers

  • Supercomputing: used for scientific computing

  • Mainframes: used to be primary form of computer, used in centralized computers, used in businesses for timesharing

  • Servers: computers used to connect other computers to the internet, printer, file sharing, etc.

  • Desktops: Personal Computers

  • Workstations: More powerful version of the personal computer

  • Handheld: Smaller operating Systems for handhelds

  • Real Time: Operating Systems for information that needs to be updated in real time

  • Embedded Systems: Systems that are found within another System

History of operating systems

History of Operating Systems

  • First Operating System

  • Originally developed in AT&T Bell Labs (now know as Lucent Technologies)

  • UNIX was taken to University of California Berkley leading to the foundation of the Berkeley Standard Distribution

  • UNIX then opened up the computer industry to many other UNIX type operating systems and more

  • To date, Apple MAC OS X is the most widely used desktop version of UNIX

Types of operating systems

Types of Operating Systems

  • UNIX

  • Linux

  • Windows

  • MAC OS

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  • Free UNIX-type operating system

  • Linus Torvalds started creating in 1991

  • Started out as MINIX then formed into Linux

  • Continuously updated

  • Popular among college students

  • Intended for small servers, workstations, desktops, and handhelds

  • Cost: Free

What is unix

What is Unix?

A fully featured modern operating system

It is available in a variety of “flavors.”

It’s comprised of simple tools that perform a single function well.

These tools can be used together to perform complex tasks.

A little history first unix

A Little History First: UNIX

  • Initial design by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and others at AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories (BTL) in 1969: 32 years ago!

  • AT&T made the source available to Universities for research and educational use.

  • 1973 UNIX was rewritten in C resulting in Version 4.

    • The C language was also originally designed and developed for use on the UNIX system by Dennis Ritchie

    • C was evolved from 'B', developed by Thompson.



  • Interactive Systems first commercial (1977)

  • Microsoft and SCO release XENIX (1980)

  • 1982 Bill Joy left Berkeley and founded Sun Microsystems.

    • SunOS originall based on BSD 4.2

    • SunOS 5 (Solaris 2.X) was a collaborative effort based on System V, release 4 (SVR4).

  • AIX from IBM

  • HP/UX from Hewlett Packard Corporation

  • ULTRIX from Digitial Equipment Corporation, followed by DEC OSF/1. DEC purchased by Compaq

Unix is made up of

Unix is Made Up of

  • Processes

  • Running Programs

    • User owned

    • System owned

  • Files

  • Regular Files:

    • Data

    • Executables <-- usually start a process

  • Directory Files

    • Contain other files and directories

  • Special Files

Our view of the world as users



Our View of the World as Users

Your Shell

A shell is a process that acts as an interface to the OS. It allows the user to run programs individually and together to accomplish a task.

Simple unix directory structure


















Simple Unix Directory Structure

CS523S: Operating Systems

Your first command

Your First Command

Man(manual) -- Documentation is your friend

  • Syntax: man topic

  • man provides online documentation on nearly every standard command and configuration file.

  • Optional Syntax: man -k keyword

  • man man for more details

Special directories

Home Directory




A user generally has permission to freely manipulate files within this directory and its children.

Users start with their home directory as their pwd when they login.

Special Directories

Changing directories

Changing Directories

  • The cd(Change Directory) command is used to change directories

  • cd path

  • Paths can be relative or absolute

  • pwd reports present working directory

  • cd when entered by itself sets the pwd to the user’s home directory.

Other file system utilities

Other File System Utilities

Basic syntax

Basic Syntax

Using other commands syntax command file

Using Other CommandsSyntax: commandfile



  • Pipes connect stdout of one command to stdin of another comand. i.e.

  • ls | less

  • cat student_list | grep senior | sort

I o redirection

I/O Redirection

  • I/O redirection allows the user to change where input to a command or output from a command goes to/comes from.

  • cat student_list > outfile

  • program < infile

  • program < infile > outfile

Standard file handles

Standard File Handles

Every Unix process automatically comes with three file handles or descriptors.

These are:

  • Standard Input (stdin)

    • Keyboard

  • Standard Output (stdout)

    • Display

  • Standard Error (stderr)

    • Display (unbuff)

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