System software, or systems software, is computer software designed to
provide a platform to other software. Examples of system software
include operating systems, computational science software, game
engines, industrial automation, and software as a service
In contrast to system software, software that allows users to do
things like create text documents, play games, listen to music, or
surf the web is called application software.
In the early days of computing most application software was
custom-written by computer users to fit their specific hardware and
requirements. In contrast, system software was usually supplied by the
manufacturer of the computer hardware and was intended to be used by
most or all users of that system.
The line where the distinction should be drawn is not always clear.
Many operating systems bundle application software. Such software is
not considered system software when it can be uninstalled usually
without affecting the functioning of other software. Exceptions could
be e.g. web browsers such as
1 Operating systems or System control programs 2 Utility software or system support programs 3 See also 4 References 5 External links
Operating systems or System control programs
The operating system (prominent examples being
System programming Systems programming language IBM mainframe utility programs
System software of video game consoles
Xbox 360 system software Xbox One system software
Wii system software Wii U system software Nintendo DSi system software Nintendo 3DS system software
PlayStation 3 system software PlayStation 4 system software PlayStation Portable system software PlayStation Vita system software PSP Go
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Wikiversity has learning resources about Introduction to Computers/System software
Sammet, Jean (October 1971). "Brief Survey of Languages Used for Systems Implementation". SCM SIGPLAN Notices. 6 (9): 1–19. doi:10.1145/942596.807055.
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