The computer desktop is a standalone computer processing unit. It is designed to perform automation tasks for people. A desktop computer is unique because it does not require any networks or external components to operate. The client operating system is the operating system for computer desktops or portable devices. This operating system is typically different from centralized servers because it only supports one user.
Smart phones and small computer devices contain a client operating system. This operating system manages the components of the device, including printers, monitors, and cameras. Each computer typically has a specific operating system.
Some computers can use multiple operating systems. This is considered a dual boot configuration. When a computer is built in this manner, it can be configured to run specific devices for each operating system configuration. This provides flexibility for software that is operating-system specific. Having two operating systems gives the user more access to complex software programs.
Many computers today connect to central servers on the Internet by using telecommunication software. These central servers run many popular social networking programs including Twitter, Facebook and Myspace. The operating systems of the central servers are typically different than the local client operating system. These computers do not require operating system compatibility because they share information with special network software.
Today there are many forms of operating systems designed for client computers. These include Windows®, Linux®, Mac® and Android®. Each operating system is designed to function on specific hardware. This hardware compatibility is one of the primary considerations when selecting an operating system for client computers.
There are many freeware versions of Linux® available for desktop computers. This client operating system provides multiprocessing power at minimal costs. Most Linux® operating system configurations require specialized system engineering knowledge. This installation process is not designed for the novice computer user.
Windows® is one of the most widely used client operating systems today. This operating system became popular with the introduction of Windows® 95. Most businesses use the Windows Office® suite for word processing. This software will not function without the Windows® operating system. The Windows® operating system requires special hardware that is designed to support this application.