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operating system

system software that enables the computer hardware to communicate and operate with the application software


needed for new hardware to communicate with operating system

file system

A method used by operating systems to store, retrieve, and organize files.


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.


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.


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.

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