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Old 11-27-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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What is the difference between OS and System

I'm confused...I thought openSUSE 10.3 is the OS. Why is it referred to as "System." What is the difference between the System and OS?

OS: Linux i686
System: openSUSE 10.3 (i586)
KDE: 3.5.7 "release 72.2"

Old 11-27-2007, 09:11 PM   #2
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You might want to read this.

The real Linux is the kernel itself.
Old 11-27-2007, 09:20 PM   #3
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The "OS" is the most rudimentary interface between the hardware and an end user. Like many things, there is a gray area at exactly where it begins and ends, but a Linux OS would include the kernel, a console, and arguably things like the X-windows core system and libc6 ... no more.

Desktop environments, and their associated applications constitute a subjective core of higher level tools to make the OS more usable for the average person. In the Linux environment, those "collections" of higher level tools are referred to as "distributions," or, in your case the system. I would prefer the term "environment" to "system."
Old 11-30-2007, 07:41 PM   #4
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Thank you!

Both replies were very helpful. Sincerely appreciated.



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