Chapter 5

Desktop Operating Systems: A Comparison

In This chapter

  • Windows NT Workstation 4
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Windows XP Home Edition, Professional
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003 & 2008
  • Unix
  • Linux
  • Macintosh
  • Dual-booting between operating systems

op·er·at·ing sys·tem n: Software that is used on an electronic device, usually a computer, to perform a set of tasks

Every computer consists of hardware and software. In the previous chapters, you learned about hardware. In this chapter, you will learn about local operating systems, which are the heart and brains of the computer's software. The local operating system manages system hardware and resources. In the past 30 years, operating systems have changed dramatically. This chapter ...

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