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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Dell continues to provide organizations with the most virus-resistant, thin client operating system with Wyse ThinOS 8.
Poole, speaking at Microsoft's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in New Orleans, ruled-out the prospect of an interim client operating system prior to Longhorn, the subject of some speculation.
The new vSTAC VDI appliances provide both compute functionality for running video management software and shared storage resources needed for the client operating system and VMS client application software.
After download is complete, the ProveID Embedded client is persistently installed and configured under the control of the IGEL Linux thin client operating system.
Starting with its December 5, 2012, firmware release, CenterTools' endpoint security solution, DriveLock, is integrated into the IGEL Linux thin client operating system.
Otellini said many software applications were already multithreaded, as was MicrosoftEs mainline client operating system, Windows XP, meaning they would be able to exploit this capability.
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This is accomplished by seamless integration of the 2X client into the IGEL Linux thin client operating system (“Advanced” firmware package) as well as broad and comprehensive support for the Microsoft RDP transmission protocol, including RemoteFX, used by 2X.
Windows users deploying applications via the 2X Java Client do not need a full client installation, as essential modules are used without installation, leaving a clean client operating system.
The new client operating system, Mac OS X, is on track for release later this year.
They not yet widely available, but vendors say they will provide better security than Type 2 hypervisors, because the bare-metal type runs independently of the client operating system, and deliver better performance than hosted desktops, because applications run on the local client instead of a remote server.