Mac06 0.99 (Freeware Beta Preview)
Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller
Although there are several ways to run UNIX on your Mac (LinuxPPC and MkLinux, among others) these solutions require involved partitioning operations, and the addition of extensions to allow booting of these operating systems. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to run a UNIX environment from within Mac OS?
Mac06 offers a POSIX library and system kernel running on top of MacOS. This means that you can access the environment simply by double-clicking on the mac06 icon, rather than booting into a separate operating system. Another benefit is that you can use your existing Mac OS file system to access and store UNIX files.
Once you are in the environment, executing the 'man' command will help acquaint you with the full array of commands which are already known to UNIX-savvy Observers.
For those curious about the UNIX world, but reluctant to undertake major system reconfiguration, Mac06 is definitely worth a look.
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