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BCS Glossary of Computing and ICT 13th edition by BCS Academy Glossary Working Party

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D1 SYSTEMS SOFTWARE

Other related material can be found in Section C1 Systems design and life cycle, Section C2 Describing systems and Section C9 Programming languages.

A computer system requires a layer of software that enables users to operate it without having to know about the underlying processes that are going on all the time inside. This includes the operating system and other forms of systems software.

A computer needs separate instructions for even the most elementary tasks. Computer users are interested in solving their problems without having to program every detail into the computer. The systems software is provided by the manufacturer and enables a user to give a few simple instructions that the systems software translates into ...

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