Week 5 Pos 355 Essay

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UNIX/Linux versus Mac versus Windows POS/355 UNIX/Linux versus Mac versus Windows Really, I’m not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect. -Linus Torvalds I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger. - Steve Jobs Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that. - Bill Gates (Torvalds, Gates, & Jobs, 2013) Operating systems were not in existence before the 1960s. The definition of operating systems is a program designed to run other programs on the computer and is the most important…show more content…
The Mac OS is the product of Apple, which was created in 1976 by the late Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniac. Mac OS, unlike Microsoft's Windows, is an operating system designed only for the Macintosh computers. Whereas Microsoft's creation of Windows seemed more or less linear after the late 1980's, Apple circulated a number of different computers with different OS’s, such as the Apple II, Apple III, the Lisa, in addition to the line of Macintoshes. The ultimate brilliance behind Apple's development of its operating systems is vertical combination: Mac also develops both its own hardware and software. However Microsoft takes a different approach: it provides the OS that is used by almost all IBM compatible computers manufactured. Of all the individual personal computer ventures that Apple started however, only the top sellers of the Macintosh remain in production and continue to evolve. The first Mac was preceded by the Apple I, the Apple II which was very successful, the Apple III which was a disaster, and the Lisa which was a disaster almost as bad as the Apple III. It was introduced in 1984, but development on Mac OS began in 1979. When presented, it was the first system to rely exclusively on a graphical user interface to respond to user input. However it was the recognition of this graphical user interface that encouraged Microsoft in its process of Windows. To introduce the Mac system, Apple aired the
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