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Compare Operating Systems for stand-alone and networked computers.

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Assignment 2: Operating Systems The purpose of this assignment is to compare Operating Systems for stand-alone and networked computers. The following Operating Systems will be compared: * Windows 9x * Windows 2000/XP * Novell * UNIX/LINUX Windows 9x Windows 9x is the term that is used for the Operating Systems 'Windows 95' and 'Windows 98'. Windows 98 is the next upgrade to Windows 95. Although the appearance of both Operating Systems is similar, the unseen processes are different. The main features of Windows 98 are that the desktop was created to act as a web browser which is known as an Active Desktop. Another feature of Windows 98 is that this is the first operating System to be compatible with the FAT32 system which allows partition sizes to be greater than 2GB per partition, as the widely used USB ports were becoming popular, Windows 98 supported USB 1.0 and also DVD's were also supported. ...read more.

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Novell's operating System Netware and although it is considered to be an Operating System, it is only an add-on, which means that the user must have another Operating System installed to run Netware. The reason Netware is so popular is because of the scalability. It can almost have an unlimited amount of computers connected via a network. It has its own Domain Name System and the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. The disadvantage to Netware is the cost, due to needing an existing Operating System to run it. UNIX/LINUX UNIX was created in 1969 and is the first Operating System to be created, and in 1974 it was the first Operating System to be written in the C language. It was also freeware which meant that anybody could use it and because of this, other programmers could edit the Operating System to their requirements and because of this, UNIX rights were bought and now Sun Micro Systems now create UNIX Operating Systems, and the latest version is Sun Solaris 8. ...read more.

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This kind of is not used by most Operating Systems had many disadvantages; mainly the filenames only had a limit of 8 characters plus 3 extension characters. Although the GUI is far more popular, Microsoft still use their CLI in Windows but changed the name from MS-DOS to Command prompt as it is not longer recognised by Microsoft as an Operating System. GUI A GUI (Graphical User Interface) is the current user interface used by most people. This is because it is very user friendly, as typing in long commands and sub directories has been replaced by a piece of hardware called a mouse, which is used to click on icons which perform commands. This is the type of interface that is used for most operating Systems such as Windows, MAC OS X and LINUX. The advantages of GUI over CLI is that filenames now have a limit of 255 characters plus 3 extension characters and it doesn't cause stress by trying to remember each command and directory. Although GUI's can also allow similar commands to CLI e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Del would bring up the Task Manager. Greg Smith ...read more.

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