Course Introduction: Why should you care about the OS?

CS 321 Lecture, Dr. Lawlor, 2006/01/20

Talk about syllabus, do a course survey on prerequisites.  Announce HW1 on the PC bootloader.

The OS is what gets your computer out of bed in the morning

The OS can make your life a lot easier!

We'll be covering a bunch of techniques that can use the OS for weird and crazy stuff to make programs faster or simpler:

The OS can make your life miserable!

If your code isn't at least somewhat aware of how the OS works, the OS can interfere with your program: