Operating System manages a computer and acts as an interface between user and computer. Operting system is the first program that starts when a computer is booted up.
Kernel is the core component of the operating system and is responsible to convert user commands to machine level language commands.
Following are the important differences between Operating System and Kernel.
|Sr. No.||Key||Operating System||Kernel|
|1||Type||Operating system is a system software.||Kernel is a part of operating system.|
|2||Work||Operating system acts as an interface between user and hardware.||Kernel acts as an interface between applications and hardware.|
|3||Main tasks||Ease of doing system operations, security etc.||Memory management, space management, process management and task management.|
|4||Basis||A computer need Operating System to run.||An Operating System needs Kernel to run.|
|5||Types||Operating Systems types are multiuser, multitasking, multiprocessor, realtime, distributed etc.||Kernel types are monolithic kernel and micro kernel.|
|6||Boot||Operating System is the first program to load when computer boots up.||Kernel is the first program to load when operating system loads.|