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Chapter 5. Exploring the New Finder > The New File-Storage Concept

The New File-Storage Concept

Before OS X, the Desktop was the king of the Mac OS. In earlier versions of Mac OS, the Desktop represented a single, all-user directory that was the top level (or root level) of the Mac OS file system.

Root is a concept that (until OS X) was not used much in the Mac world. It was used more in Unix and Linux circles, where the directories are represented with tree-like structures. Each directory is a branch of the tree, and the root directory is the one from which all the others branch off. For instance, on a DOS-based PC, C:\ is the root directory of C:\Documents\Work\June_Project, because C:\ is the container directory that holds everything else—directories and files alike. On a Linux machine, “/” is the notation for the root directory because Linux does not use drive letters as DOS does.


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