Chapter 4

Operating System Basics

Learning objectives

  • Understand the types of operating systems available
  • Differentiate among the major desktop operating systems
  • Explain how device drivers work
  • Explain computer file storage concepts

Understanding System Software

Comparing the Major Operating Systems

Understanding Device Drivers

Understanding Digital Storage

When you think about using a computer, you probably think about performing some useful task with it, or playing a game. Behind the scenes, though, is the soft ware that keeps the computer running and responding to commands: the operating system (OS).

The operating system you use can make a big difference in how the computer behaves, how it respond to commands, what applications it can ...

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