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Operating systems

Definitions related to operating systems, including tech terms about open source and proprietary operating systems and words and phrases about system programs, boot mechanisms, kernels, command interpreters, DLL libraries and drivers.

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  • VMware Converter - VMware Converter is a utility that facilitates the creation of VMware virtual machines from physical systems or virtual machines associated with third-party vendors.
  • VxWorks - VxWorks is a real-time operating system (RTOS) that can be used in embedded systems.
  • W2K (Windows 2000) - Windows 2000 (W2K) is a est commercial version of Microsoft's evolving Windows operating system.
  • watchdog timer (WDT) - A watchdog timer (WDT) is a device or electronic card that performs a specific operation after a certain period of time if something goes wrong with an electronic system and the system does not recover on its own.
  • wearables OS (wearables operating system) - A wearable OS is an operating system designed or refactored to satisfy the requirements of wearable computers, which can be significantly from one type of device to another and also different from the requirements of both desktop and mobile devices.
  • webOS - WebOS is an LG-owned, Linux based, smart TV operating system that is set up to allow control and access of LG Smart TV’s more advanced features and connected devices through a graphical user interface (GUI).
  • Win32s - Win32s is a Microsoft upgrade to the Windows 3.
  • Winbind - Winbind is a program that allows users in a heterogeneous network to log in using workstations that have either Unix or Windows NT operating systems.
  • window - A window is a separate viewing area on a computer display screen in a system that allows multiple viewing areas as part of a graphical user interface (GUI).
  • windowing system - A windowing system is a system for sharing a computer's graphical display presentation resources among multiple applications at the same time.
  • Windows 1.0 - Windows 1.0 was the first of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating systems, released in 1985.
  • Windows 10 (Microsoft Windows 10) - Windows 10 is a Microsoft operating system for personal computers, tablets, embedded devices and internet of things devices.
  • Windows 10 Mobile - Windows 10 Mobile is Microsoft’s operating system for handheld devices; the mobile OS follows Windows Phone 8.
  • Windows 2.0 - Windows 2.0 was the 2nd version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1987.
  • Windows 2000 - Windows 2000 (W2K) is a commercial version of Microsoft's evolving Windows operating system.
  • Windows 3.0 - Windows 3.0 was the 3rd version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1990.
  • Windows 3.1 - Windows 3.1 was the 4th version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1993.
  • Windows 7 - Windows 7 is the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) released commercially in October 2009 as the successor to Windows Vista.
  • Windows 8 - Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system that is part of the Windows NT family.
  • Windows 95 - Windows 95 was the 5th version of Microsoft’s GUI operating system, released in 1995.
  • Windows 98 - Windows 98 (called "Memphis" during development) is a widely-installed product in Microsoft's evolution of the Windows operating system for personal computers.
  • Windows 9x (Windows 95 or Windows 98) - Windows 9x is short for "Windows 95 or Windows 98.
  • Windows Azure Fabric Controller (FC) - The Azure Fabric Controller (FC) is the part of the Windows Azure platform that monitors and manages virtual and physical servers and coordinates resources for software applications.
  • Windows CE - Windows CE is based on the Microsoft Windows operating system but is designed for including or embedding in mobile and other space-constrained devices.
  • Windows Embedded - Windows Embedded is Microsoft’s embedded operating systems  product group.
  • Windows Me (Millenium Edition) - Windows Me (Millenium Edition) is an operating system from Microsoft released commercially September 14, 2000.
  • Windows NT - Windows NT is a Microsoft Windows personal computer operating system designed for users and businesses needing advanced capability.
  • Windows Product Activation (WPA) - Windows Product Activation (WPA) is the mandatory product registration system included in Microsoft's Windows XP, Office XP, and recent Office products (such as Word 2002 or Excel 2002) as a means of enforcing compliance with the company's End User License Agreement (EULA).
  • Windows Registry Editor (regedit) - Windows Registry Editor is an operating system tool IT administrators can use to make changes to Windows Registry.
  • Windows To Go - Windows To Go is a feature of the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system that allows it to be copied to a portable USB storage device.
  • Work Folders (Windows Server 2012 R2) - Work Folders is a feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 that allows Windows users to store and access work files on personal PCs and Windows devices as well as corporate PCs.
  • workload - In computing, the workload is the amount of processing that the computer has been given to do at a given time.
  • X Window System (X or XWindows) - The X Window System (sometimes referred to as "X" or as "XWindows") is an open, cross-platform, client/server system for managing a windowed graphical user interface in a distributed network.
  • z/OS - Z/OS is a 64-bit operating system (OS) developed by IBM for its family of z/Architecture enterprise mainframe computers, including the zEnterprise 196 and zEnterprise 114.
  • zsh - Zsh is a shell (command interpreter) of the Bourne shell family, which also includes bash and the Korn shell (which zsh is said to resemble).

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