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system software
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operating system Any software required to support the
production or execution of application programs but which is
not specific to any particular application.
System software typically includes an operating system to
control the execution of other programs; user environment
software such as a command-line interpreter, windowsystem, desktop; development tools for building other
programs such as assemblers, compilers, linkers,
monitoring tools; utility programs, e.g. for sorting,
printing, and editting.