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Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task, as opposed to the physical components of the system (hardware). This includes application software such as a word processor, which enables a user to perform a task, and system software such as an operating system, which enables other software to run properly, by interfacing with hardware and with other software. Software also acts as an interface between the hardware like processor(s) and user(s).
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Testware is a sub-set of software with a special purpose, that is, for software testing, especially for software testing automation. Automation testware for example is designed to be executed on automation frameworks. Testware is an umbrella term for all utilities and application software that serve in combination for testing a software package but not necessarily contribute to operational purposes. As such, testware is not a standing configuration but merely a working environment for application software or subsets thereof.

It includes artifacts produced during the test process required to plan, design, and execute tests, such as documentation, scripts, inputs, expected results, set-up and clear-up procedures, files, databases, environment, and any additional software or utilities used in testing.[1]

Testware is produced by both verification and validation testing methods. Like software, testware includes codes and binaries as well as test cases, test plan, test report and etc. Testware should be placed under the control of a configuration management system, saved and faithfully maintained.

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Konqueror
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Konqueror is a web browser and file manager that provides file-viewer functionality for file systems such as local files, files on a remote ftp server and files in a disk image. Konqueror, along with the rest of the components in the KDEBase package, is free software licensed and distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

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William Henry Gates III, (b. October 28, 1955), commonly known as Bill Gates is the founder, chairman, former chief software architect, and former CEO of Microsoft. Forbes magazine's The World's Billionaires list has ranked him as the richest person on earth for the last thirteen consecutive years. According to the Forbes 2006 magazine, Bill Gates's current net worth is approximately $53 billion. When family wealth is considered, his family ranks second behind the Walton family. Gates is the first one to reach the richest peak from the technology world.

Gates is a leading philanthropist, and has stated that he intends to give away the majority of his vast wealth. He and his wife set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF) in 1994 with the aim of improving health and combating poverty in developing regions across the world. He has attracted considerable acclaim for the Foundation's work, including its work in combating HIV infection in Africa.

Gates finally quit day-to-day responsibility at Microsoft in June 2008 in favour of running the B&MGF after a long period of moving away from executive control, originally as CEO, then as 'Chief Software Architect'. Gates remains chairman of Microsoft.

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A refund for defective software might be nice, except it would bankrupt the entire software industry in the first year.


Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 2003, Introduction, page 14
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...that BIOS software is built into personal computers, and is a type of system software?
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Software is also part of the wider categories Computing and Computer Science.


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  1. ^ Fewster, M.; Graham, D. (1999), Software Test Automation, Effective use of test execution tools, New York: Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-33140-3 
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