An operating system is the most essential program that allows a computer to run and execute programs. Without an operating system, a computer cannot be of any important use since the computer's hardware won't be able to ... More »

The defining characteristic of operating systems is the connection it provides between the hardware, the software and, in some cases, the user interface. Computers require an operating system in order to be used. More »

The purpose of a network operating system is to support workstations, data sharing, application sharing, file sharing and printer access sharing among multiple computers in a network. A network operating system is used t... More »

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