CHAPTER FOURTEEN Software and Operating Systems

Operating systems are like underwear — nobody really wants to look at them.

BILL JOY, CO-FOUNDER OF SUN MICROSYSTEMS

CHAPTER TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Types of Software 384
2. Operating Systems 386
3. Open Source 393
4. Managing Software 398
5. Additional Resources 408

While software has never been a simple item to categorize, these days there are many more types of software and many more methods of managing those types. In this chapter we’ll discuss some of the major types (operating systems, database management systems, enterprise applications, business applications, middleware, productivity tools, utilities, and security) as well as how to successfully manage them (including purchasing, management, ...

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