The modern operating systems we have (Windows, Linux) operate with what I call the "big stack model". And that model is wrong, sometimes, and motivates the need for "stackless" languages.
The "big stack model" assumes that a compiled program will allocate "stack frames" for function calls in a contiguous region of memory, using machine instructions to adjust registers containing the stack pointer (and optional stack frame pointer) very rapidly. This leads to fast function call/return, at the price of having a large, contiguous region for the stack. Because 99.99% of all programs run under these modern OSes work well with the big stack model, the compilers, loaders, and even the OS "know" about this stack area.