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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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Now, with INTEGRITY PC, users of enterprise operating systems can upgrade to a secure foundation without having to re-implement their existing applications.
Storage appliances based on a NAS-specific, storage-centric operating system have been designed to address the NAS requirement to support multiple file-sharing protocols and multiple operating system semantics.
97 billion the company's operating systems division earned this year.
5 are all excellent operating systems for computers serving small businesses.
Exhibit 3, page 79, compares the costs of configuring four types of multiuser computing environments: a VM/386 DOS-based shared-processor system (see the sidebar titled "A Gaggle of Operating Systems," below), a Unix shared processor, a LANtastic DOS-based peer-to-peer network and a Novell DOS-based dedicated-server local area network (LAN).
If hardware can "know" what it is and operating systems can "be aware" of disparate connected systems and applications can "discern" each other, data can "recognize" its own characteristics.
Windows Vista, the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system is scheduled for commercial release in early 2007 and features significant updates and changes that will impact engineering and scientific applications, including a focus on increased security, improved search capabilities, additional application programming interfaces (APIs) for controlling new aspects of the operating system and a 64-bit edition.
The Kodak Digital Cinema Operating System will be built on open standards and will enable cinemas to extend and enhance the entertainment experience.
We need to make sure that Microsoft doesn't use its monopoly power with operating systems to become a monopoly power on the Internet,'' said Joel Klein, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division.
But after your business gets to the point where you need five or more computers, it's probably time to invest in a local area network (LAN) operating system.
Now they must begin to think about their choices, which include OS/2, which can run multiple applications simultaneously whether they are programs designed for Windows, OS/2 or DOS; and Unix, which can run application programs designed for different operating systems and even a network with different operating systems.
In order for our customers to stay competitive, they need to be using the latest technologies and operating systems," said Jay Gregg, information security practice manager of ISS partner Accudata Systems.

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