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Choice: Operating Systems Tested

Feb 02, 2005, 15:15 (11 Talkback[s])

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"All computers require an operating system (OS). It's the underlying program that runs your software and controls the hardware and peripherals connected to your computer. You probably use a version of Microsoft Windows because it came pre-installed on your computer when you bought it but there are other operating systems available.

"Linux is the most obvious alternative to Windows for PC users but there isn't just one Linux operating system. There are many Linux-based operating systems (called distributions) because Linux is open source software that's freely available to anybody to use and develop. Traditionally perceived as hard to use, many Linux products now claim to be pitched at consumers, but are they as user-friendly as you'd hope...?"

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