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Visual Operating System 1
Visual Operating System
Khaled Zahid
Barry University

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Visual Operating System 2
Visual Operating System which is also known as Visopsys, is a substitute for the
operating system for computers which are compatible with PC. It was developed from
scratch by a single hobbyist programmer since 1997 (E. C. Hendricks and T. C.
Hartmann, 1979). This operating system is just software that is freely available and the
source code of this is also accessible under the General Public (GNU) License. The
kernel of visual operating system has the following features that include: multi-tasking,
protection of method with 100 percent adaptability, VM - virtual memory and extremely
monolithic style. It has a C directory and minimum range of apps. It can easily function
in both graphical and text mode (Melinda Varian, 1997). It is small but reasonably
functional operating system. The research and developments are being done from last
many years. The major users of visual operating system are computer enthusiasts,
students and other sensation seekers.
In comparison to other operating systems like Linux, Visopsys have a very
limited scope and can work on very few applications. Functional partition management
utility is the basic attraction of this operating system that is also known as DM - Disk
Manager (F. J. Corbató, et al., 1963). It consists of the Partition Logic system having the
capabilities of creating, formatting, and deleting, re-sizing, defragmenting, moving
partition and modifying the attributes of the partitions (logical drives on physical hard
drive). It also has the ability to copying the whole hard disks and has user friendly GUI-
graphical user interface. It is so small that is can fit in a bootable floppy disk.

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Visual Operating System 3
The main objective of a visual operating system is to choose the best features
from different available operating systems. Some other objectives of visual operating
system are:-
1. “Native” Graphical Environment –
In its kernel, the graphics server is integrated. The GUI
environment has no setup procedure. The interface has tried to bring a new
outlook to graphical shell design without creating it extraordinary or difficult (R.
A. Nelson, 1964). The concepts are designed; however the coding has not yet
been done. In this operating system, the user is capable to execute all tasks
comprising the administration related activities, using the point-n-click interface.
2. Strong command line capabilities-
In this operating system, the users are provided the facility to work
on a text-based environment, in case they wish to. Users are given the freedom to
execute all tasks, containing administration using text interface.
3. Compatible.
Visual operating system conforms to the existing standards to the greatest extent
possible. Examples of such standards consist of; File System types,
Executable/object/library file formats, Images, sounds, fonts, compressions and

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