Assignment 1 (Activity Assignment)

Birth of the Unix Time-Sharing System

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  • Q1: Why did users have to share computers in the early days?

  • Q2: If the users "record" their problems in to magnetic tape and insert the tape in to a computer, or punch their problems in to punching cards and load a stacks of them in to a card reader, why the computer had to solve those problems one-by-one?

  • Q3: In the second video at 1 min mark the speaker gives a definition to the term Operating System (OS). What is it?

  • Q4: The speaker continues to argue why an OS is essential. Explain his arguments in your own words.

  • Q5: Name some examples of Unix operating systems and some non-Unix operating systems.