Peter Norton’s Introduction to Computers. Chapter 5. The Operating System and the User Interface. Learning Objectives:. Define the terms “operating system” and “user interface.”
The Operating System and the User Interface
Operating System(OS)- provides an interface for the user, software, hardware, and file management.
A single user interface allows a user to browse
the internet and the local computer resources.
Graphical User Interface (GUI)- (pronounced “gooey”) Uses graphics (icons) to represent commands and programs which are chosen using a mouse.
Icon- a graphic that represents printers, fonts, document files, folders, and so on.
understand them and remember what they do.
between the software and the hardware.
O.L.E. (Object Linking and Embedding- data is copied from one type of document and embedded into another. The data that is copied retains a link with the original document.
Multitasking- means being able to perform two or more procedures at the same time--such as printing a multipage document, sending e-mail over the Internet, and typing a letter--all simultaneously.
Interrupt Request (IRQ)- used by the operating system to send requests to use memory and other hardware devices attached to the computer system.
can make file access faster.