Difference Between Kernel and Operating System

Difference Between Kernel and Operating System(Tabular Form)

Difference Between Kernel and Operating System. Operating system is a software package that communicates to the hardware and application. Kernel is the lowest level of the operating system.

Kernel and Operating System

Differences between kernel and operating system comparison chart shown below.

Basic Kernel is a small and important part of the operating system. Operating System is a system program.
Interface Kernel is the interface between hardware (devices which are available in Computer) and Application software (like MS Office, Visual studio,..etc). Operating System is an interface between the user and the hardware of the computer.
Types Monolithic kernels and Microkernels. Batch Operating System, Batch Operating System, Distributed Operating System, Network Operating System, Real-Time Operating System
Example Linux is a Monolithic kernel and Hurd is a Microkernel.
  • Batch based Operating System: Payroll System, Bank Statements, etc.
  • Time-Sharing OSs are Multics, Unix, etc.
  • Distributed Operating System are: LOCUS etc.
  • Network Operating System are Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, Novell NetWare, and BSD, etc.
  • Real-Time Operating Systems are Scientific experiments, medical imaging systems, industrial control systems, weapon systems, robots, air traffic control systems, etc.
Purpose Kernel memory management, process management, task management, disk management. In addition to the responsibilities of Kernel, Operating System is responsible for the protection and security of the computer.

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