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Apple Macintosh Software Platform

Mac OS is a series of graphical user interface-based operating systems developed by Apple Inc. for their Macintosh line of computer systems. Mac OS is credited with popularizing the graphical user interface. The original form of what Apple now calls OS X was the integral and unnamed system software first introduced in 1984 with the original Macintosh, and referred to simply as the System software.

Apple deliberately sought to minimize the user's conceptual awareness of the operating system: Tasks which required more operating system knowledge on other systems would be accomplished by intuitive mouse gestures and simple graphic controls on a Macintosh, making the system more user-friendly and easily mastered. This would differentiate it from then current systems such as MS-DOS which were more technically challenging to operate.

The core of the system software was held in ROM, with updates provided free of charge by Apple dealers (on floppy disk). The user's involvement in an upgrade of the operating system was also minimized to running an installer, or simply replacing system files, the simplicity of which again differentiated the product from others.

Mac OS X is the exciting new operating system that is now installed on all new Cal Poly faculty/staff Macintosh workstations. Although, without a doubt, Mac OS X is a stunning technical achievement, it is quite a change from Mac OS 9. This course will examine the elements of the desktop, dock, and oolbars; setting system preferences (e.g., personal settings, hardware settings, internet settings, printer preferences, etc.); using the Classic OS 9 side of OS X; setting up user accounts; file sharing; basic troubleshooting techniques and more.

Most of what you do on your Mac begins on the Desktop. The Desktop allows you to manage files, store documents, launch programs, adjust the way your Mac works, and much more! The first icon you will probably notice on your Desktop is the hard drive icon (usually labeled as Macintosh HD, iMac HD, or something like that). The hard drive icon resides in the upper-right corner of your Desktop and by double-clicking upon it, you can view the files and applications on your hard drive.