Mac Os X?

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  1. nickjalder macrumors newbie

    nickjalder

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    OK i have a really stupid question...

    when people talk about OS X, what does this refer to. Is it an OS system like tiger or leopard? Or is it something else?

    sorry trying to get used to mac lingo.

    thanks
     
  2. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Cheetah (10.0), Puma, (10.1), Jaguar, (10.2), Panther, (10.3), Tiger, (10.4), and soon Leopard (10.5) are all OS X. There just different updated versions of each other.

    Does that make sense? :)
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    OS X has been the core operating system for Macs since 2001. Tiger (OS X 10.4) and the forthcoming Leopard (OS X 10.5) are just versions of OS X released as it evolves with new features and functionalities.
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    It's the operating system, Apple also had Mac OS 1 to Mac OS 9, these are known as "Classic" and Mac OS X is totally different from them. It's like Mac OS 1 to 9 are DOS and Mac OS X is Windows, though Mac OS 1 to 9 weren't command line based.
     
  5. psychofreak Retired

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    OS stands for operating system. There used to be OS9, now there is OS 10 , called OS X (because it sounds better), every year or two-ish there is a new version of OSX, 10.1, 10.2 etc. Right now, were on OSX 10.4, called tiger, in spring 2007, well have OSX 10.5 leopard.
     
  6. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    OS means Operating System. Mac OS X; Mac OS 9; Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP; are all operating systems.

    Mac OS X (pronounced "ten", not "ex") is the tenth major revision (in theory) of the Macintosh Operating System. The less major releases are denoted as 10.0 (the original release), 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, etc.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Not quite. Beginning in 1984, the Macintosh operating system was System Software 1.0 or System 1 for short. The first OS to carry the MacOS moniker was MacOS 7.6.
     
  8. nickjalder thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. musicpenguy macrumors 6502a

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    Not really because it sounds better X: Stands for Unix, OS X is a unix based operating system.
     
  10. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    ... it stands for Unix?? I'm not sure I buy that. I mean, it doesn't SOUND better (it's pronounced the same :) ) but Mac OSX certainly looks cooler than Mac OS 10.
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yeah, but the X is pronounced "Ten" - Steve said so at the launch.

    Anyone who says it's "Ex" is going against the word of Steve and you know what happens when you do that.... POW! Right in the kisser.
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    :D

    I'm still not going to stop, though! :eek: ;) :D
     
  13. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I was under the impression the X was used as the roman numeral for 10 i.e. OS10 with the added bonus of X (ex) for unix.

    And its 'O ess ten' damn it! :D
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, it is. I just say "Ex" in defiance.
     
  15. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Ditto... :D
     
  16. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    I always used to say "oh ess ex" until I saw his Steveness say it, when I quickly switched to "ten".
     
  17. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    EXCATLY!!!
    Anyone who says "Mack Oh Es Ex" gets kicked in the nuts!

    But seriously, I think the "X" was very convenient in many ways:

    X for Roman "10"
    X for UniX
    X for NeXT
    X for X-factor (luckily Steven didn't call it iOS, or Mac OS i)

    :p
     
  18. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    X is 10 in roman unmerals. And X does not stand for unix. Nor does "P" stand for Apple ;)
     
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Suck it! Ex marks the spot! :eek: ;) :D
     

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