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Name: Tom
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Date: Around 1995


Question:
I have heard about the DOS Kernel, and Windows Kernel. And I guess you need a "shell" to use (access?) it. What exactly is the Kernel (why is it called kernel)? Does UNIX have a Kernel?



Replies:
I have never heard of DOS and Windows as kernels. UNIX has a Kernel. Basically, a kernel refers to the basic code that is used to start a computer. It is the OPERATING SYSTEM or O/S. The kernel is the part of the O/S that is loaded when the machine boots. It contains information on the specifics on the hardware and environment that the O/S is running on and configures the O/S to run on that machine.

In my limited knowledge about the specifics about the DOS and UNIX O/S from a working standpoint, I do not think DOS would be considered to have a kernel. The same files are used to load the O/S for all systems. If it has one, it would be the same for all systems. Windows is not an O/S. It runs on top of DOS (the O/S). But, Windows does have a set of files which act like a kernel. So, even though it might not be called a kernel, Widows does have something like it.

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