operating system

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operating system (OS)

the main system programs of a computer that manage the hardware and application resources, including data input and output. Applications require an operating system to support and enable their function.
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With over 20 "platform independent" networking software products available on most of the major desktop operating systems, users can standardize on Brixton products for all their connectivity requirements while porting their applications to the platform of their choice.
Other enhancements include an updated user interface as well as support for the latest generation of Microsoft desktop operating systems, including Microsoft Vista.
Java technology-based software runs on all major enterprise and desktop operating systems including the Solaris Operating Environment, Linux, AIX, OS/390, HP-UX, Windows, and Macintosh, as well as on client devices, such as cell phones, PDAs, and pagers.
It includes Equinox, a component framework based on the OSGi standard, the ability to deploy native GUI applications to a variety of desktop operating systems, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OSX and an integrated update mechanism for deploying desktop applications from a central server.
According to BCN survey results from the last two quarters of 2005, Turbolinux is the primary distributor of Linux desktop operating systems with a 90% market share.
Turbolinux is also the primary distributor of Linux desktop operating systems with a 90% market share, according to the BCN survey.
Security researchers--whether they wear white, gray or black hats--are increasingly less interested in poking holes in desktop operating systems," said Andrew Jaquith, Yankee Group senior analyst in Security Solutions & Services.
With this significant update to the Win4Lin Pro line, Win4Lin not only adds great new features, but now for the first time supports the full line of Windows desktop operating systems for business," said Jim Curtin, CEO of Win4Lin.