Chapter 9. Hybridizing Your System

We've spent quite a bit of time trying to raise the comfort factor in making a transition from Linux to Mac OS X. It's clear that much of what can be done on one system can be done on another, although the path to similar tasks may vary. The systems share a common ancestor, after all, in UNIX. BSD is UNIX. Mac OS X is based on BSD, although it also contains quite a bit of proprietary code. And Linux is really a close cousin. BSD can run Linux applications, provided the optional Linux emulation layer is selected as an install component. Linux, however, can't run BSD applications. Add to that basic differences in binary formats, and it's not always clear how a specific tool or process will translate from one platform ...

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