• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare Operating Systems for stand-alone and networked computers.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Computer Science section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Computer Science essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Memory Managment Operating Systems

    3 star(s)

    There are however down sides to this process. Elementally, processes are never the same size; this means that a process block may consist of 100kb of size; however the process is only 20kb in size. Over 10 or 20 fixed partitions this is a dramatic waste of resources and can be condemned as very in efficient.

  2. Peer reviewed

    information systems assignment 2

    4 star(s)

    However should somebody request information which is covered by the FoIA law, public authorities legally have to answer any requests within 20 days. Below, is an example of the constraints within the FoIA. It also shows below, that decisions are made based on these information requests and bad decisions can then be made.

  1. Computer systems assignment 1

    When I am ready I take a screwdriver and open the computer case. I Put it aside and carefully unscrew the metal bit in the middle from the computer which prevents me from manoeuvring when cleaning up. I put it aside and look what needs to be cleaned up.

  2. Free essay

    Hardware and Functions of a Micro Processor

    * NOR - The NOR gate is again a reversal of the previous gate, the NAND. In this circumstance when inputs contain a high voltage the output will definitely be a low voltage. If both inputs are low then the output will be high * EOR - EOR is standardised form for saying exclusive disjunction.

  1. Free essay

    File Management - Operating Systems

    With a file the user should be able to do the following tasks; * Create a file * Write a file * Read a file * Reposition within a file * Delete a file * Compress a file It's now important to consider why we name files.

  2. With diagrams compare and contrast the relative advantages and disadvantages of digital transmission over ...

    If the two devices may transmit to each other at the same time or one direction at a time. > If the synchronous, (which send data in a stream with sender and receiver synchronised to identify when one character ends and another stars)

  1. Free essay

    Setting up and E-Commerce Site

    �700+ dependant on what is chosen �100 We can see that in the table above we have given rough price guides to how much these items will cost in relation to our website that we will have for e-commerce. Firstly we need to think do we need to build the

  2. Smart Card System

    only store and a little hardware that prevent the stores data being used by other unauthorized people unless there are password or pins are input correctly. * Shared-key cards - This card allows communication with any device that have the same keys.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work