Chapter 6- System Software

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Chapter 6- System Software

System software is computer software designed to provide a platform to other software. How conversant are you with the use and what makes up a software? Take up the simple test below and see if you need a refresher course. All the best and remember to keep revising to refresh your memory.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Software that makes the computer run is the...
  • 2. 
    The _______ ________ is the most important type of system software because it provides the user with interface to communicate with the hardware and other software on the computer and manages system resources.
  • 3. 
    Modern operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and MAC OS X, have a ________ ________ _______. Graphical because we interact with graphic objects such as icons and buttons to control the computer.
  • 4. 
    _____'s use icons, menus, dialog boxes, and windows, and in many cases, there are multiple ways to perform the same task.
  • 5. 
    _____ ____ ______ allows you to easily add new hardware to a computer system.
  • 6. 
    A ______ _______ is software that enhances the capabilities of the operating system. It's what allows you to expand your computer with new hardware.
  • 7. 
    The ________ ___________ _________ allows the application to request services from the operating system, such as a request to print or save a file. It lets a computer programmer write a program that will run on computers with different hardware configurations by sending such service requests to the OS to handle.
  • 8. 
    Modern operating systems support ________, which is the ability to do more than one task at a time.
  • 9. 
    The most common desktop operating system is _________ ________.
  • 10. 
    The _____ __ _ operating system was first released in 2001 and called Cheetah.
  • 11. 
    _____ was first developed in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, than a graduate student at the University of Helsinki.
  • 12. 
    Linux is an _____ ______. The code is publically available and developers all over the world have created hundreds of Linux distributions with all kinds of features.
  • 13. 
    In 2009, Google released a prelease, or ____ ____ of it's Chrome OS.
  • 14. 
    A __________ ___________ __________ is a multiuser operating system that controls the software and hardware that runs on a network. It allows multiple computers to communicate with the server and each other.
  • 15. 
    A NOS is critical for a peer to peer network.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    A NOS controls the software and hardware that runs on a client- server network.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    What are three of the most common NOSs?
  • 18. 
    ___________ _________ __________ have very specialized and limited functions, these operating systems can be very small and are able to run on simple hardware.
  • 19. 
    A ___ __ is a virtual desktop that you interact with through your browser.
  • 20. 
    When a disk is first ___________ to hold files, a set of concentric circles called tracks are created.
  • 21. 
    The second part of formatting a disk is called high-level formatting. High-level formatting sets up the ____ ______- of the disk.
  • 22. 
    A disk __________ is a utility that rearranges the fragmented files on your disk to improve efficiency.
  • 23. 
    Files are unorganized  and are broken into small pieces that are  stored in nonadjacent clusters on the disk are called...