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Chapter 1. Moving Up to Mac OS X > Moving Up to Mac OS X

Moving Up to Mac OS X

Mac OS X is the latest generation of Macintosh operating system software. Rebuilt from the ground up, Mac OS X has a robust Unix core that offers, among other things, a command-line interface—something brand new for Macintosh users. Fortunately (for those of us who don’t want to learn Unix), Mac OS X provides a fully functional graphic user interface that does not require knowledge or understanding of Unix.

Mac OS X also offers innovations in multitasking and memory management. Although its Aqua interface has familiar elements from Mac OS 9.x and earlier, it has a more modern look that includes pulsating buttons and translucent windows and menus. Mac OS X’s architecture takes full advantage of the processors on today’s Macintosh models to do things never before possible on a Mac OS computer.


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