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Difference between macOS and Chrome OS

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  • Last Updated : 13 Jul, 2020
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1. macOS :
macOS is a series of proprietary graphical operating systems which is provided by Apple Incorporation. It was earlier known as Mac OS X and later OS X. It is specifically designed for Apple Mac computers. It is based on the Unix operating system. It was developed using C, C++, Objective-C, assembly language and Swift. It is the second most used operating system in personal computers after Windows. The first version of macOS was launched by Apple in 2001.

2. Chrome OS :
Chrome OS is a Linux kernel based operating system which is provided by Google. It uses the Google Chrome web browser as the main user interface. It was developed using C, C++, Javascript, HTML5, Python, and Rust. It is used in personal computers known as Chromebook. The first version of Chrome OS was launched by Google in 2009. Google announced it as an operating system in which both user data and applications reside in the cloud.

Difference between macOS and Chrome OS :

1.It was developed and is owned by Apple Incorporation.It was developed and is owned by Google LLC.
2.It was launched in 2001.It was launched in 2009.
3.Its target system types are workstation, personal computers and embedded systems.Its target system types are Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebase and tablets.
4.Computer architectures supported by macOS are x86-64(10.4.7-present), IA-32(10.4.4-10.6.8) and PowerPC(10.0-10.5.8).Computer architectures supported by Chrome OS are ARM, IA-32 and x86-64.
5.Its kernel type is Hybrid with modules.Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
6.Its package management is macOS installer.Its package management is Portage.
7.It is specifically designed for MacBook.It is specifically designed for Chromebook.
8.Its native APIs are Carbon, Cocoa, Java and BSD-POSIX.Its native APIs are SysV/POSIX.
9.It has the preferred license of Proprietary, APSL and GNU GPL.It has the preferred license Proprietary.
10.The non-native APIs supported by its subsystems are Toolbox, Win16 and Win32.The non-native APIs are not supported by its subsystems.
11.File systems supported by macOS are HFS+, APFS, HFS, UFS, AFP, ISO 9660, FAT, UDF, NFS, SMBFS, NTFS, FTP, WebDAV and ZFS.File systems supported by Chrome OS are eCryptfs, NTFS, FAT, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, ext2, ext3, ext4, HFS+, MTP, ISO 9660 and UDF.

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