The world has already embraced the immense world of computing systems that basically manifest the capability of technology to control the current occurring operations management in the society. This basically means that 54% of the primary factors of human life revolve around the utilization of technology which also adds in the utilization of proper computing procedures. Truthfully, this matter insists on the capability of the society to utilize the provisions of the computer technology to the highest form of benefit that it could get. Yes, one of the procedures considered in this matter include that of the creation of programs that would make it easier for humans to utilize the computer and rather control the system for the sake of managing the operations fully for better benefits.
How is this procedure undergone? The first step has been that of the creation of operating systems that would stand as the basic support among computer setups that are dedicated to perform specific programs that are needed for system progress. The creation of an operating system that works for the general needs of the human society requires one to have technical skills needed for the completion of the task. Understandably, it could be sensed that it is only with the application of these technical skills that the creation of an operating system becomes successful. The question is, what really is an Operating System and what are its particular roles in enhancing the life that the human society lives with at present? These questions shall be further given response within the paragraphs that follow. In support to this, the presentation of the different aspects that make up the UNIX operating system shall also be discussed in an aim of showing how a particular operating system becomes specifically helpful in establishing a better defined system of computing.
What is an Operating System?
The term operating system basically refers to the collective program that is installed within a computer system that makes it function towards the specific commands that the users intend to place in so as to get final results that they expect from the system. Practically, this operating program allows the user to manage the different tasks that he wants to complete in a much easier manner. Understandably, this is the reason why operating systems are considered to be the basic foundation of any computer system that exists today.
Hence, in a picture, it could be sensed that the operating system serves as the mediator between the other components of computer operations which include that of the users [the human element], the software [the program] and the hardware [the devises used to complete commands and tasks that the users intend to handle. Back then during the beginning of the advancement of the computing systems, programs designed to create operating management easier to handle were not as complex as the ones that are existing today. These operating systems handled more specific commands one at a time. This means that the tasks they could handle are numbered. However, when the year of the early 1980’s came in, the creation of more complex operating systems came into the picture. (Stallings, 2001: 91)
Computer software businesses had the chance to create an industry that featured the competition of competent program creators as they manage to establish programs that are most often than not needed by human individuals to accomplish the roles that they were appointed to complete (Stallings, 2005:91). True, in a progressive world like the present, handling tasks that are dedicated for development insists on the utilization of computing programs that are designed to help computing approaches become more competent and well designed for the perfect connection that the users have towards the programs that they have to use. Among the most reputable operations systems used in the society today is UNIX. What makes UNIX different from that of the others and what are the aspects that allow it to receive a competent reputation from the world of advanced computing systems?
Understanding UNIX and its Aspects
UNIX was originally developed during the 1960’s and was considered to be among the pioneer operating systems ever to be introduced to the market. Started out with one particular branch that is concentrated in a certain path of task completions, the current UNIX OS at present is branched out into different sections that are dedicated specifically for certain target users. In this regard, what seemed to be a general operating system in the past that was basically used back then is now enhanced into certain divisions that allow business operators to run their computing tasks through the help of a specific operating system that respond to their specific needs. There is also the division of OS that is dedicated for personal computer users alone which is most often than not more general compared to that of the other divisions of the program.
From the points of development that UNIX has undergone through the years, other OS creations have also been designed to follow the path that UNIX has set for the industry. Most likely, these were considered to be UNIX-like programs that are able to comprehend with computing commands like that of the original system concerned (Bodenstab, et al, 1984: 9). Basically, the competence of the entire system depended on the nine primary philosophies of UNIX which include the following:
(a) The smaller the system is, the more convenient it becomes
(b) The specification of program response to specific tasks ought to be certain and effective
(c) Once a program or software has been created, a prototype should be developed soon to address the possible shortcomings of the earlier edition of the new system.
(d) Programs ought to store numerical data in smaller and flatter files that allow for lesser memory space consumption.
(e) Portability is an equally important characteristic of an OS when partnered with efficiency
(f) Shell scripts ought to be used to increase the leverage of the OS especially concerning that of its portability
(g) Program filtering must be well established and well used.
These nine ground foundations of UNIX OS development has basically made it easier for the creators of the system to envision their responsibilities in creating a program approach that would basically address the needs and the expectations of the users whilst making a great impact on how the operation that is handled through the program impacts the entirety of the industry concerned. Being well rounded within their specific responsibilities and goals, UNIX OS programmers are basically able to see through the need of efficiently applying their skills in the aim of responding to the demands that the users may have upon the program (Stuart, 2009:23). Constant researches are done to continuously increase the competence of the UNIX OS and at present, it could not be denied that the current operating system designed under this brand responds well to the needs of its users.
Files and procedures are the primary basis of the foundation of UNIX OS. Truthfully, the competence of the system lies on the persistence of the program that defines its competence in handling file management that also considers the effective utilization of files saved when needed. With proper security approaches installed to increase file system management command competence, UNIX OS remains strongly rooted on the values that the users have towards the files they ought to keep and later on use for task completion purposes. True, it is through the careful consideration of this matter that UNIX operating system’s shell scripting basically entail on the process of further making it easier for users to respond to the program and the other way around as well.
Being a pioneer in the field of operating system development was not enough for UNIX to remain in the competition of progressive computing. Specifically, it could be seen through the discussion shown herein, that UNIX OS creators continuously aimed for the best and tried to create advancements that are designed to make the said OS more competent in handling the most prominent trends of computing tasks that are used in the society today. The nine philosophies surrounding the creation of UNIX OS basically outlines its aspects of competency hence showing why this brand of an operating system has been continuously respected and well recognized from then, up until the current years.