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operating systems

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operating system
system software that enables the computer hardware to communicate and operate with the application software
drivers
needed for new hardware to communicate with operating system
file system
A method used by operating systems to store, retrieve, and organize files.
Linux
An operating system based on UNIX, maintained by volunteers, and distributed for free. Linux is used mostly in servers and embedded computers, but is growing in popularity as a PC operating system.
UNIX
Operating system developed by AT&T. It is considered portable, meaning it can run on just about any hardware platform.
Handheld operating systems
Provide an environment in which a user can easily interface with the computer to execute programs
embedded operating system
Similar in principle to operating systems such as Windows or Linux, embedded operating systems are smaller and generally less capable than desktop operating systems.
Android
opn-source operating sysem for mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers,currently developed by google.
emulation card
added onto the motherboard of a computer, provides the ability for the computer to run a program that was designed for a different operating system
system administrator
The _____ is the person who is responsible for maintaining the computer system or systems.
administrator account
a collection of information that determines which files you can access and which settings you use
administrative rights
Allows a computer user to perform system modifications, such as installing or deleting software or changing network settings.