Unix and Intel

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ZLurker, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. ZLurker macrumors regular

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    Hi there!
    Im wondering if I will be able to use Terminal and X11 in osX running on an intel chip? Can we still use Unix and Linux software in terminal?

    Im not a software dev, just an "semi advanced" user.

    Maby this is a stupid question but some enlightment would be nice!

    Thanx!
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    MacOS X/86 will behave exactly like MacOS X/PPC to the user. The short answer to your question is "Yes."
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The plus side is you can probably use Linux Distros with Macintels that you couldn't before.
     
  4. toothpaste macrumors 6502

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    Regardless of the chip, you will have the terminal.
     
  5. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Linux was originally developed to run on x86 (Intel) architecture. Now of course OS X is based on BSD, and I don't know BSD's history - but I do know that most people running it are doing so on x86, NOT ppc.

    You'll be able to do all those things you did before. One nice thing is it'll probably be easier to port apps from Linux/BSD to OS X (e.g. the fink project) now.
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    History of FreeBSD (which is what Mac OS X is built on). Should run very well on Intel. ;)
     
  7. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    The UNIX core of MacOS X is Darwin. Darwin runs on x86 already. So yes, you'd get to run all the UNIX-y stuff in MacOS X on an Intel box. You could even run it right now if you have a PC (Darwin, I mean, not the full-blown MacOS X).
     
  8. ZLurker thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok!
    Thanks for the replies all, it all makes sense.
    I just had to ask though.
     

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