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Open source stars for Mac OS X: Part 1

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"It's a relatively easy task for open source developers writing for Linux to port their applications to OS X or even to write new open source applications just for OS X. Apple's Mac OS X is based on the Mach kernel with a BSD wrapper, using specific parts from FreeBSD's and NetBSD's implementation of Unix that were later incorporated into Nextstep. It uses GCC as a compiler and the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS), a standards-based, open source printing system that was developed by Apple. Mac OS X uses its own native graphics system, but also supports the X Windows System graphical interface. (Both CUPS and the X Windows System are used by the majority of Linux distributions). There are a plethora of open source applications available online for virtually every platform and Mac OS X is no exception."

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