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10 How can MachTen be considered a real UNIX operating system when it is implemented on top of MacOS?




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This article is from the MachTen & CodeBuilder FAQ, by Jaime Julca jjulca@tenon.com with numerous contributions by others.

10 How can MachTen be considered a real UNIX operating system when it is implemented on top of MacOS?

Even though MachTen gives the appearance of being just another Macintosh
application, MachTen and MacOS operate very much like co-resident operating
systems, sharing the processor. When MachTen has control, it pre-emptively
multitasks UNIX applications; when MacOS has control, it runs the Macintosh
applications using its cooperative sharing. There is a slide bar Control
Panel that lets you prioritize UNIX processing over Macintosh processing.

 

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