Hardware & Software

Hardware & Hardware Types

Hardware refers to the physical aspects of a device. There are various types of hardware, including:

Certain hardware components that are removable may be considered both components and peripherals.

Software & Software Types

Broadly speaking, software refers to instructions for hardware. There are various types of software, including:

In addition to these types of software, software can be produced in a manner that's closed source (a.k.a. proprietary) or open source. Closed-source software is software in which the code for the software isn't shared, whereas open-source software does have its code shared. A more thorough definition of open source can be found here [1].

Common Hardware Components

Computers and most CE devices have, at the very least, the following hardware components:

The following is some important information regarding RAM:

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