The operating system is a piece of software that makes sure all the processes and functions of a computer system perform properly. It controls all of the computer’s hardware components, coordinates with other computers on the network, oversees all the software that runs on it and communicates with the human who uses it.

You can compare it to a traffic officer at an intersection who controls the flow of vehicles and lets drivers know when to stop and when to proceed. In short, this person makes sure that everything goes smoothly and that the intersection is trouble-free.

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