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Chapter 5: Using System Software

The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management.
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Connor O'Donnoghue

on 12 May 2010

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Transcript of Chapter 5: Using System Software

System Software Basics There are two basic types:
Application Software- software used to do everyday tasks
System Software- software programs that help run the computer and coordinates unstructions Operating System (OS)- a group of programs that controls how your computer system functions. Categotys of Operating Systems:
Real-time operatin system (RTOS)
Single-user, single-task operating system
Single-user, multitask operating system
Multiuser operating system Desktop and Notebook Operating Systems Microsoft Windows
Windows Vista- multiuser operating system
home user
business user
combination user
Windows XP- built around features Mac OS
Windows and Mac OS are not compatable
Superior graphics display, processing capabilities and file-backup utilities
better document recovery
Mac OS X Leopard- based on UNIX OS
Mac OS X- streamline user interface
Linux
an open sorce operating system
freely available for developers to use or modify Operating Systems for Servers and Mainframes Servers- computers on a network that manage network.
Mainframes- extremely large computers that handle the requests of hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously. UNIX
multiuser, multitask operating system
used primarily with mainframes as a network oprating system
also often found on PCs
any vendor that meets testing requirements and pays a fee can use UNIX What the Operating System Does It provides a way for the user to interact with the computer.
It manages the processor, or CPU.
It manages the computer system's hardware and peripheral devices.
It provides a consistent means for software applications to work with the CPU.
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