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Guide to Processes

What are Processes?

Process is one of the core terms in operating systems. The simplest but very precise explanation is that a process is a program in execution, a running instance of a program. In the theory of operating system there are several states of a process, like running, blocked, terminated etc. but this is too much detail for somebody who is just eager to be able to monitor what is going on on his or her computer. (For those, who are interested in more detail, Operating Systems: Design and Implementation and Modern Operating Systems by Andrew Tanenbaum are an excellent source of indepth information about processes and operating systems as a whole.) Continue reading

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