As part of setting up your business network, you’ll need to select an operating system. Operating systems make up the software that allows you and your employee to successfully operate your computers.
Network operating systems fall into several different categories. When you make a comparison of operating systems, you’ll find that characteristics include graphic user interface, multitasking, multithreading and multi-user. Windows operating systems fall into all of these categories.
1. Find a list of the type of operating systems available prior to selecting a computer operating system.
2. Compare the features, cost and compatibility to decide which type meets your requirements.
3. Look into purchasing options after you have decided on the type or types of operating systems you want for your office.
View a list of operating systemsWhen you start to shop around for operating systems, then you'll probably hear about the main types, like Unix, Linux, MacOS and Windows. These computer operating systems were released by major developers, like Microsoft, Apple and Unisys. However, you'll want to look at lesser known types of operating systems as well, like Sun Solaris, Minix and BSD.
Compare the computer operating systemsYou're going to want to look at several aspects of each network operating system before you decide to buy an OS package for your office. You're going to want to check availability of software applications, connectivity, stability, multi-user and multitasking capabilities. Start by making comparisons between Unix, Linux and Microsoft operating systems if you have installed PCs in your workplace. For Apple computers, you're going to look at MacOS.
Buy operating systemsAfter you have made your selection, you can set out to buy and install your chosen operating system. You can contact a sales representative and let them know how many network computers will work on this operating system. This will allow them to recommend the right version.
- Remember to read the system requirements prior to purchasing a particular operating system. Each operating system needs a certain amount of memory and processing speed in order to function correctly.