I've seen lots of people saying they used windows 3.1 as their first OS, this irritates me as windows 3.1 was not an "operating system" but more of a GUI for DOS, windows back in the day used to be a program launched from dos, so dos was the operating system and then you opened a program called windows. The first windows operating system I believe was windows 2000, correct me if I'm wrong, but windows 3.1, 95, 98, were all just GUI's for the dos operating system, so if you wanted you could exit windows and enter dos, then from dos, type win.exe and launch winndows...
I think I see your logic.
Your basically saying that dos was the OS and win 3.1 was the graphical interface that was 'thrown' on top of it.
So basically combining dos with a gui is making an os. The gui just makes it easier to interact with the code.
In linux you can do everything through the terminal and the gnome or kde interface is just a pretty way of interacting with the os.
In one way you are right in saying win 3.1 was not an operating system because it used dos and yet windows + dos = the operating system.
So many users are so used to using a gui that they never have to think of the code. To most users a gui is an operating system. The gui just allows the user to control the operating system in an easier and more aesthetically pleasing way.
So really for this case you should be saying that:
I used Windows 3.1 for my gui and dos as my os or I used the Windows 98 gui with dos.
But for many users this is too much of a mouthful so it's easier to say that I used the Windows 3.1 os
answered Jun 13 '10 at 12:29
Well if you use that logic, then Windows 7 isn't an operating system, because it is built on top of NT, just like Windows 3.1 is built on top of DOS.
YES, Windows 3.1 IS an operating system!
Also, from DOS you just had to type "win" and hit enter. You didn't have to type "win.exe"