Apple pitches Mac OS X at Linux Expo

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by peter2002, Oct 10, 2002.

  1. peter2002 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    At this year's Expo the business giants and Linux geeks were joined for the first time by consumer-friendly Apple, which is pitching its Mac OS X operating system as the ultimate workstation environment for developers, researchers and system administrators.

    Historically, the Macintosh was the focus of its own group of enthusiasts who reveled in its easy-to-use, graphical design philosophy. With the switch to OS X a couple of years ago, however, Apple began to tap into the community of developers who use Unix and its open-source clone, Linux, which became the poster child of the software world during the dot-com boom.

    At the expo, Apple explained how many of its innovations aimed at mainstream users can also benefit those used to working with command-line consoles. The Mach microkernel on which the software is based, for example, supports kernel extensions, meaning that the kernel (or core) does not have to be recompiled in order to add new features. Recompiling is the process of turning source code into software that is ready to run.

    Since OS X is Unix under the hood, it can authenticate to Unix servers and be treated as normal Unix when on a network with other Unix-based machines. Every Unix application can be ported to OS X, and many already have been, Apple said.

    The company is fond of saying that OS X is now the biggest Unix distribution on the desktop, with an installed base of millions. Apple's laptops, such as the Powerbook and iBook models, especially shine on power management and wireless, Apple said, two areas that Linux--and even Windows--has more trouble with. Because Apple makes both its hardware and software, it is able to closely control how the two interact.

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