Multi-User operating System

By | September 5, 2021

What is Multi-User operating System?

  • In a multi-user operating system, multiple numbers of users can access different resources of a computer at a same time.
  • The access is provided using a network that consists of various personal computers attached to a mainframe computer system.
  • The various personal computers can send and receive information to mainframe computer system.
  • Thus, the mainframe computer acts as the server and other personal computers act as clients for that server.
  • The examples of multi-user OS are UNIX, Windows 2000, Novell Netware

Multi-User operating System

Advantage of multi-user system

  1. It helps in the sharing of data and information among different users.
  2. It also helps in the sharing of hardware resources such as printers and modems.

Disadvantages of multi-user system

  1. It requires expensive hardware to setup a mainframe computer.
  2. When multiple users log on or work on same system it reduces the overall performance of system.

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