Chapter Six Software, Operating Systems, and Enterprise Applications

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 196
  • 2. Operating Systems 197
  • 3. Open Source 201
  • 4. Managing Software 203
  • 5. Cloud Computing 210
  • 6. Enterprise Applications 213
  • 7. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) 219

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. This chapter discusses some of the major types of software: operating systems (OS), database management systems, enterprise applications, business applications, middleware, productivity tools, ...

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