desktop operating system


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desktop operating system

The control program in a user's machine (desktop or laptop). Also called a "client operating system," Windows is the overwhelming majority while the Macintosh comes second. There are also several versions of Linux for the desktop. Contrast with network operating system.
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Microsoft currently has a reported 92 per cent share of the desktop operating system market but only eight per cent of this is Windows 8.
He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to replace desktop operating systems within one to two years and mobile operating systems within three to five years.
XP Embedded is made for devices like television set-top boxes and automatic teller machines, although it is possible to configure it as a full-featured desktop operating system.
IBM is reported to be testing the water with Linux on its IBM NetVista A30 in India, and is certifying its ThinkPad A31 and T40 and NetVista products for use with SuSE's new Linux Desktop operating system.
OS/2 was the first desktop operating system to combine 32-bit power with a graphical user interface.
For both business users and consumers who are seeking a secure, stable and cost-effective desktop operating system (OS), Linux is a natural alternative to Windows(R) .
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