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Lesson 2. Installation > Understanding Mac OS X

Understanding Mac OS X

Since its release in March 2001, Mac OS X has been praised for its simplicity, elegance, and powerful UNIX-based core. Mac OS X combines three graphics technologies—OpenGL, Quartz Extreme, and QuickTime—that take Macintosh graphics capabilities beyond anything previously seen in a desktop operating system. The Aqua user interface provides a fluid look and feel for Mac OS X and showcases the graphics capabilities of the Quartz 2D graphics engine.


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