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Installing Software

Although there is no definitive installation technique used by all software on Mac OS X, there are two common methods that you will use repeatedly. Obviously, for any software, you should read the documentation that comes with it; but for those who are anxious to double-click, it's good to know what to expect.

Keep in mind when installing applications that other users on the computer do not implicitly have access to your home directory. If you install a large application in your home directory, it will be accessible only by you. This can lead to multiple users installing copies of the same application throughout the system. To best utilize disk space and resource sharing, applications should be installed in the Applications directory or within a subdirectory of Applications.


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