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Mac OS X [1] is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc, the latest of which is pre-loaded on all currently shipping Macintosh computers. Mac OS X is the successor to the original Mac OS, which had been Apple's primary operating system since 1984. Mac OS X is a Unix-based operating system[2] built on technology that had been developed at NeXT through the second half of the 1980s until Apple purchased the company in early 1997. OS X was not the first version of Unix that Apple had sold. Apple had, in fact offered a Unix-based operating system earlier than OS X, called A/UX since the late 80's. Over time, A/UX developed a Mac OS looking user interface, but was never seriously marketed.

  1. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25808
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20060211042057/http://images.apple.com/macosx/pdf/MacOSX_UNIX_TB_v2.pdf
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