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Macintosh Operating System


									Macintosh Operating System

When Apple Computer developed the Macintosh computer system, they also
strove to develop an operating system for this new machine. They didn’t
want to rely on the competitor’s MS-DOS system which was developed by
Microsoft Corporation. So programmers at Apple set out to make an
operating system exclusively for the Macintosh computer.

What they came up with was Mac OS (standing for Mac Operating System)
which introduced the new graphical user interface (GUI) that would serve
as a model for other operating systems. In the early years of the
Macintosh, Apple would downplay the existence of the operating system to
make it appear user-friendly and to distance it from the MS-DOS system
being used over at Microsoft.

Like Windows, the Macintosh operating system has undergone a series of
changes making it more efficient as well as more user-friendly.
Originally, the biggest advantage of Mac OS was the lack of a command
line entry as was required by MS-DOS. However, it wasn’t without its own

Critics of the Mac OS cited its limited memory management, lack of
protected memory, and susceptibility to conflicts on a network. This
last one was especially problematic because certain extensions could
provide additional functionality among devices. Some of the extensions
would not work properly together or they would only work when loaded in a
particular order.

The truth is, however, that the Macintosh operating system offered – and
still offers people advancements that have since been used as a basis for
other operating systems being developed. These advantages include:

* Color Sync which matches colors on the screen with colors on a printer
* The Finder which allows the user to browse the file system and launch
* Plain Talk that is a speech synthesis program allowing the spoken word
to control functions on the computer
* Quick Draw that makes it easy to make images on the personal computer
* Quick Time which supports audio-visual editing and playback of multi-
media content over a network
* True Type which is a font technology that shows a font on the screen
that will print exactly the way it looks

The Macintosh operating system isn’t as popular commercially as Windows,
but it is still the preferred system for Mac owners. It has proven to be
the foundation for much of what we see on computers today. Without the
Macintosh operating system, we wouldn’t have the types of operating
system that we have now.

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