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OSX and Linux differences?

by FrankQC / May 16, 2009 8:53 AM PDT

If I'm competent with Linux will it be an easier transition from Linux to OSX?

I've been using PC for my whole life.. So yea.

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Shouldn't be too difficult
by Jimmy Greystone / May 16, 2009 11:56 AM PDT

Shouldn't be too difficult. At it's core, OS X is just a modified version of FreeBSD, which is a close cousin to Linux, so you'll feel right at home there.

But for better or worse, Apple has traditionally lead the way in terms of UI design, so I think you'll find that OS X looks and behaves a lot like KDE or GNOME on Linux. The one big "gotcha" to be aware of, is that on OS X, closing the last window of an app doesn't close the app. You have to specifically close apps.

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(NT) So terminal-wise they're approx. the same?
by FrankQC / May 16, 2009 12:01 PM PDT
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Yes
by Jimmy Greystone / May 16, 2009 12:48 PM PDT

Yes, in fact, OS X uses a lot of the same GNU suite of tools as Linux, but some commands will be subtly different.

But Apple did a pretty good job of making it so that you really shouldn't ever need to see the command line unless you want to use it for some reason.

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