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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Red Hat is itself targeting September or October for the launch of its new Red Hat Linux Desktop operating system.
While Microsoft Windows is the predominant desktop operating system, the Macintosh has an estimated 3 percent market share worldwide and Linux is running on 1 percent of desktop personal computers.
With Qt, developers can write applications once and deploy on any major desktop operating system, including many versions of Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac OS X, all from the same code base.
With Qt, developers write applications once and deploy on any major desktop operating system, including Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac OS X, all from the same code base.
In this role Zimmerer established the key feature requirements that lead the development of Apple's color and imaging technologies, including Image Capture, ColorSync, Quartz, and Printing technologies in the Mac OS X desktop operating system.
In order to facilitate the companies to get a feel for the Linux Desktop Operating System, Linare offers a free evaluation copy for a limited time till the end of August 2004 and can be ordered online at http://www.
Brixton) today extended its lead in supported desktop operating systems by porting its networking software to Santa Cruz Operation's SCO Open Desktop 3.