differences between osX and the pc os(x86), help

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by macmax, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. macmax macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2002
    i need 5 big , huge differences between the systems osX and x86.

    Unix and the pc thing.

    Strengths and weaknesses of each one.
  2. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2003
    Define peecee OS. You have Solaris x86, BSD, SCO UNIX, linux, DOS, Windows, etc. If you want to compare OS X to Windows, then how about better file and directory security, more immune to viruses, built upon industry standards rather then self created specifications, the hardware and software were designed as one, rather then separate entities. The OS is also faster then the bloated code in Windows. More functionality because its based upon UNIX. Some companies sell software that will work on UNIX platforms (Sun, HP, etc.) and the Windows server line. If you want a lot of capabilities, you have to use the UNIX variation, as the OS is too constrictive in what functionality it offers. Since the OS is constrictive, so are the functions an application can provide.
  3. primalman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    at the end of the hall
    well first, why do you want to compare an operating system [OS X] and a processor platform [x86]?? Makes no sense.

    1. OS X gets the hell out of your way, Windows likes to ask you 16 different ways to set up networking.

    2. OS X is much easier to look at from both an aesthetic viewpoint and a fatigue viewpoint. Softer and more "printed" looking.

    3. The hardware is much better overall than Windows boxes, looks nicer in the office and lasts longer.

    4. The whole software/hardware intergration thing. Much better user experience.

    5. It just works, 99% of the time, with little or no effort for the usual user.

  4. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    um... os x is an OS. x86 is a processor.

    unix is an OS. pc is a hardware...

    could you define the problem a little better? do you want OS X vs. UNIX (which aren't the same) vs. Windows? Linux? Or PPC vs. x86?
  5. macmax thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2002
    so the pc system is windows>???
    this might seem strange, but i thought the architecture of the pc was os x86
  6. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    "PC" is commonly used to describe a computer running Windows, but technically, it's just a "personal computer." Macs are also PCs.

    x86 refers to Intel processors which used to be called 8086, 286, 386, 486, etc. After 486, Intel started calling their chips with names, i.e. Pentium, Celeron, etc. Windows runs on Intel chips... But so can Linux and other "PC" OSes.

    I think the original question you meant to ask is the difference between Mac OS X and MS Windows. I don't know where UNIX comes in, except that since OS X is based on UNIX technology, you might have thought OS X is the same as UNIX...

    Other than the fact OS X is made by Apple and Windows by Microsoft, differences are mostly due to taste. OS X runs on PPC, which are RISC chips while Windows runs on Intel/AMD chips, which are CISC chips. ([ed] actually, my knowledge is fuzzy here... AMD is still CISC, right? differences between them are kinda small these days, but...) Both OSes are 32 bit, GUI based...

    Usability, stability, etc. are based on personal taste, though since this is a Mac forum, you'll find most people here finding OS X to be more usable and stable.
  7. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    Not os x86. OS stands for operating system and therefore is software. Take Mac OS, Windows or Unix, for example.

    On the other side is the hardware, where you could compare the x86 (notice the missing os ;) ) to the PPC. Intel uses the x86 technoloy, while Apple uses the PPC one.

    After having built a machine with one of the above hardwares, you can then use an operating system on it, like Windows for the x86 and Mac OS for the PPC.
  8. marcsiry macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Note to original poster:

    When I click on a thread titled "NEED HELP NOW!!!Please", I expect to read about how you are trapped in a log cabin in the wilderness with only an iBook and a rusty spoon, while hungry wolverines batter down the crude barricades you've fabricated.

    Instead, you're looking for some simple information about computer platforms.

    To increase the response to your threads, I would suggest posting with a title that is descriptive of your topic- like "Help-Need 5 Ways that OSX Beats PC!"

    You'll probably get more people with the actual answers, and fewer people like myself, who just want to hear about the wolverines :)
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Re: NEED HELP NOW!!!Please

    Let's see.

    1. OS X is software AND x86 usually is hardware.

    2. One comes in a small box AND one comes in a large box.

    3. OS X is made by one company AND x86s are made by several.

    4. OS X comes on CDs AND x86's can play CDs.

    5. This question doesn't need to be asked more than once. :rolleyes:
  10. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Don't post more than one thread on the same topic (i.e. spam).
  11. macmax thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2002
    i ahve not slept in 3 days flat, and only about 3 hors from day to day in the last few weeks, please forgive me, i have to deliver a thesis in about one day and i don't know what i am asking anymore, hehehehe.

    sorry and thanks to all of u,
  12. astray macrumors member

    May 9, 2003
  13. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    Hmm. That pen is probably beginning to look like a rust spoon by now then.

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