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Chapter 1. Mac OS X: Foundations > Mac OS X: The Future Is Now

Mac OS X: The Future Is Now

When the Mac OS was first introduced back in 1984, it was a completely radical way of interacting with a computer. Rather than having to type long strings of arcane commands, a user could manipulate the system, files, documents, and data by simply pointing to icons and clicking. The success of the Mac OS drove the other PC-oriented operating systems to adopt a graphical user interface.

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Just to give credit where credit is due; the user interface made mainstream by the Mac was based on work done at Xerox. I guess that just goes to show that the inventor of something doesn't always get the most out of it.



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