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Operating Systems and You
An Operating System is the main software that
- manages the functions of a computer/mobile device/cell phone,
- runs programs/applications, and
- manages peripherals like keyboards or printers.
Some common operating systems
- for personal computers are Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux;
- for mobile devices and phones, Google Android and Apple iOS.
Certain operating systems run on certain platforms. For example,
- Apple iOS runs on iPads and Apple phones;
- Microsoft Windows runs on personal computers, laptops, and Surface tablets;
- OS X runs on Apple Macs.
Some other OS names you may run across: Apple OS X Mountain Lion, Apple iOS, Android, Windows 7, RedHat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, Ubuntu, Windows 10, Apple OS X El Capitan, and macOS Sierra, CentOS, Chromium OS, Apple OS X Yosemite, openSUSE, Debian, and Linux Mint
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Operating Systems by
Call Number: QA76.77 .G37 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Designed as a "teach-yourself" text, the book provides a step-by-step approach to clarify all of the key concepts, architectures, and components of operating systems. The book covers all of the topics from the basics to the latest mobile devices, and features key operating systems e.g., Android, iOS, Linux, and Windows 10. This book would be very useful not only as an introductory text for undergraduate students of computer science, but also for those professionals who need to review modern operating systems.
Publication Date: 2016-10-19
Book + Content Update Program Ubuntu Unleashed 2017 Edition is filled with unique and advanced information for everyone who wants to make the most of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. This new edition has been thoroughly updated by a long-time Ubuntu community leader to reflect the exciting new Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release with forthcoming online updates for 16.10, 17.04, and 17.10 when they are released.
MacOS Mojave by
Call Number: QA76.774 .M33 L48 2019
Publication Date: 2019
Pro tips for macOS from "Dr. Mac" Your shiny new iMac or trusty old MacBook both rely on macOS to help you get things done. It helps to have an equally reliable guidebook to steer you through the tasks and steps that make macOS run efficiently. This fun and friendly guide provides the direction you need to easily navigate macOS. Longtime expert Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus shares his years of experience to help you better understand macOS and make it a timesaving tool in your life. Take a tour of the macOS interface Get organized and save time with macOS applications Get pro tips on speeding up your Mac Back up your data with ease Covering the fundamentals of the OS and offering insight into the most common functions of macOS, this is indispensable reading for new or inexperienced macOS users.
MacOS High Sierra : the missing manual by
Call Number: QA76.76 .O63 .P648 2018 EBK
Publication Date: 2018
Apple's latest Mac software, MacOS High Sierra, ia a glorious Santa sack full of new features and refinements. What's still not included, though, is a single page of printed instructions. Fortunately, David Pogue is back, delivering the expertise and humor that have made this the #1 bestselling Mac book for 17 years straight.
Easy Windows 10 by
Call Number: QA76.76 .W56 S65 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Visual, step-by-step hands-on tutorials for the most common tasks a user needs to perform. Whether you're already using Windows 10 or are a Windows newcomer, Easy Windows 10 is the fast and easy way to discover what Microsoft's latest operating system can do for you.