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What is a standalone operating system?

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A standalone operating system is complete and works on a notebook or desktop computer. Standalone systems include DOS, Mac OS, Unix, Linux and OS/2 Warp Client. Windows standalones include Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT Workstation, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Home and Professional editions.

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There are also network operating systems that support a network. A network is a group of computers and/or devices connected via communication media through cables, modems and telephone lines. Network operating systems include NetWare, Unix, Linux, Solaris and OS/2 Warp Server for E-business. Windows network systems include Windows 2000 Server, Windows NT server and Windows.NET Server

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