Unix and Intel

ZLurker

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 25, 2005
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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!
 

MisterMe

macrumors G4
Jul 17, 2002
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USA
ZLurker said:
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!
MacOS X/86 will behave exactly like MacOS X/PPC to the user. The short answer to your question is "Yes."
 

toothpaste

macrumors 6502
May 8, 2005
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ZLurker said:
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!
Regardless of the chip, you will have the terminal.
 

Westside guy

macrumors 603
Oct 15, 2003
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The soggy side of the Pacific NW
ZLurker said:
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?
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.
 

freiheit

macrumors 6502a
Jul 20, 2004
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California
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).