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    what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Originating from Unix both share common background . I know gnu/Linux is FOS and Mac OS X is closed .

    But I think they are quite similar in file handling and resource utilizing .

    what are differences and similarities between two...????

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Off the top of my head: Bash, permissions and a similar file structure. OS X uses an entirely different kernel though, so i'd be surprised if the way they tackled resources was that similar.

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Mac OS is completely different from OSX.

    OSX borrows from BSD and Nextstep, and the underlying system is free software (Read: Darwin). People are all OMFG APPLE ARE EVIL, but they have contributed the Linux print system, Webkit which is used in many different free web browsers and their underlying system, far more than most.

    Apple computers also use EFI instead of BIOS.

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Quote Originally Posted by Spice Weasel View Post
    Mac OS is completely different from OSX.
    How..?? I think only dock thing is from Next

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Quote Originally Posted by asifnaz View Post
    How..?? I think only dock thing is from Next
    Mac OS was what Macs used before OS X, Apple developed it themselves, it has no Unix heritage. When OS X came along they chucked out the whole lot and started again with a BSD/Nextstep code base. You can't run apps written for Classic OS on OS X (although early versions of OS X did have a compatibility mode to ease the pain of transition).

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Quote Originally Posted by Spice Weasel View Post
    People are all OMFG APPLE ARE EVIL, but they have contributed the Linux print system, Webkit which is used in many different free web browsers and their underlying system, far more than most.
    CUPS existed long before Apple took it over, and Webkit is a fork of KHTML. Apple still contributes to Webkit: it introduces the security flaws in Webkit, and Google fixes them.

    Really, there's so little that's similar. OS X has POSIX-style file handling and permissions underneath, but these are often obscured by userspace hacks. Much of OS X's real Unix-style stuff is obscured or mutilated by Apple's hack-happy engineers.

    A lot of OS X's important systems (such as management of users) are not implemented in-kernel, but are add-on daemons. While I'm sure this has some benefits of stability, it also makes it a royal pain to do anything in OS X's recovery (single-user) mode because you need to start all the daemons by hand in order to actually do anything.

    OS X does have an X11 server available for it, but as far as I know it's not by default. OS X doesn't use it.

    Apple does include things like Python and Apache inside OS X, but these are often crippled versions; there exists the real possibility of security flaws in Apple's modifications. And finally, OS X is showing its age - there are a number of problems in the system design that open up security flaws, which can only be fixed by breaking existing applications.

    Yep, OS X has more in common with Linux than Windows does; but there is not really any "shared heritage" between them.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Quote Originally Posted by Spice Weasel View Post
    Mac OS is completely different from OSX.

    OSX borrows from BSD and Nextstep, and the underlying system is free software (Read: Darwin). People are all OMFG APPLE ARE EVIL, but they have contributed the Linux print system, Webkit which is used in many different free web browsers and their underlying system, far more than most.

    Apple computers also use EFI instead of BIOS.
    Yep... the evil Apple is the main developer behind what makes printers work on Linux.

    Keep this in mind next time someone says they refuse to use Apple products

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    reading this makes me wanna ask about "the history" about desktop effects and compositing window manager in GNU/Linux and OSX.

    Got some various effects activated on my "music/movie computer". And some friends/ that notice them says something like "It's copied from Mac/OSX" or "it's just like OSX".

    But sometime ago (I think) I recall reading that desktop effects/behaviours in Linux & OSX both origin from something/somewhere else. Couldnt find the site where i read it now only... Anyway, does anyone know anything about this, I refuse to believe that compiz or similar is based on some Apple Comp. windows manager. :-/

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    Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAmbient View Post
    reading this makes me wanna ask about "the history" about desktop effects and compositing window manager in GNU/Linux and OSX.

    Got some various effects activated on my "music/movie computer". And some friends/ that notice them says something like "It's copied from Mac/OSX" or "it's just like OSX".

    But sometime ago (I think) I recall reading that desktop effects/behaviours in Linux & OSX both origin from something/somewhere else. Couldnt find the site where i read it now only... Anyway, does anyone know anything about this, I refuse to believe that compiz or similar is based on some Apple Comp. windows manager. :-/
    I think we can be pretty sure it's not "based on" as in contains any code from it. But the obvious answer to things like "Apple did it first!" is "So?". IMO there's nothing wrong with being inspired by others, why reinvent the wheel?

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    Wink Re: what are the difference and similarities between Linux and Mac OS

    Quote Originally Posted by asifnaz View Post
    Originating from Unix both share common background . I know gnu/Linux is FOS and Mac OS X is closed .

    But I think they are quite similar in file handling and resource utilizing .

    what are differences and similarities between two...????
    Because LINUX is a friendly community and they are "COSA NOSTRA'
    In Linux everything is a helping hand.
    In Mac. they don't help you, they work in secret laboratories and than deliver in market a - LINUX with a different GUI...!!! :-O
    Happy LINUX everybody

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