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Linux is not an operating system
Linux is just the kernel of several operating systems. Operating systems provide the interface between applications and the hardware device handling program. The kernel handles the hardware devices. The operating systems that use the kernel Linux are GNU, BSD, Unix and others. So the article should replace the term "Linux" with "GNU, Unix and BSD". Quiliro (talk) 22:17, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
- Too much water under that bridge to turn back now. Even if strictly correct, "Linux" is known to be an operating system. fredgandt 00:00, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
- We don't entertain the GNU/Linux naming controversy here. The Wikipedia manual of style specifies that we use the most commonly used names for things. Thus the article about Linux is titled Linux, not GNU/Linux and there is a separate article on the Linux kernel. (As a caution, editors who edit war over this generally earn blocks for violating this policy.) Yworo (talk) 00:06, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
- Technically Linux kernel is the operating system, and it is not wrong to call Linux kernel only as Linux because it is its name after all. It is just plain wrong to call anything else than Linux kernel (bundle of different software) as Linux. And Linux is not used by any other OS because it is technically impossible. Linux is a monolithic operating system, like original Unix and BSD's are. While HURD is server-client operating system. Golftheman (talk) 08:43, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Under the 'Types of operating systems' section in the 'Real-time' paragraph the writer starts to talk about event driven vs time shared systems. I fail to see how these design notions are specific for real time operating systems. I would agree that in a real time OS these things require a closer look, but the concepts are so universal that they are wider (and older) than the concept of the OS itself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 17:45, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
I do not think that the IP’s addition is something really “out of place”, so not only this Wtshymanski’s edit constitutes a biting of a newcomer, but his edit summary deceives Wikipedia users about the true nature of that reverted addition. Opinions? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 06:43, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
- Normally I would assume good faith, but given Wtshymanski's long history of deliberately making "mistakes" in order to remove content (look at how many times has he proposed a speedy deletion for a reason not on the list of criteria for speedy deletion), I must conclude that he knew perfectly well that the top part of his edit "moved" a reference without changing what is displayed on the page and that the edit comment was a deliberate attempt to deceive the reader into missing the content removal below.
- There is a partially-constructed WP:RFC/U at User talk:DieSwartzPunkt/WTS, and this search turns up many previous issues with Wtshymanski's behavior. --Guy Macon (talk) 08:36, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
- If you think it's an attack page, report it at WP:ANI.
Content needs updating
Some of the content has been recently made outdated; an example is in the OS X section which states that releases are named after big cats. As of OS X Mavericks they are now named after places in California. Wikipedia does not allow me to edit this. DwellingDreamr (talk) 21:40, 26 October 2013 (UTC)
Semi-protected edit request on 14 December 2013
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In the beginning of the second sentence in the first paragraph, there is a grammar mistake. Instead of "An operating system", you wrote "The operating system". That has to be corrected please!
- Declined The sentence is both gramatically and contextually accurate as written. Of the system software in a computer system (which may include an OS, BIOS, etc.), the operating system is an essential component. Dwpaul Talk 05:58, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
There are many more external references about Operating Systems that could be added to this page.
One good example: a link to the free online book "Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces" (http://www.ostep.org). Unlike the other books mentioned here (which is not a particularly comprehensive list), this book is accessible online without cost.
Other books include classics about particular operating systems, such as the BSD "devil" book - there are many others like this.
- All methods require some level of hardware support, which doesn't exist in all computers.