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Difference between macOS and FreeBSD

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  • Last Updated : 10 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 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. FreeBSD :
FreeBSD is a free and open source operating system which is provided The FreeBSD Project. It was designed on the basis of the two Unix-like operating systems Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) and Research Unix. It has quite similarities with Linux operating system. It was one of the famous operating systems earlier but now it is less used as compared to other operating systems. The first version of FreeBSD was launched in 1993.

Difference between macOS and FreeBSD :

1.It was developed and is owned by Apple Incorporation.It was developed and is owned by The FreeBSD Project.
2.It was launched in 2001.It was launched in 1993.
3.It is specifically designed for Apple mac computers.It is not designed for personal computers.
4.Its target system types are workstation, personal computers and embedded systems.Its target system types are server, workstation, NAS and embedded systems.
5.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 FreeBSD are IA-32, x86-64, ARM, MIPS and PowerPC.
6.Its kernel type is Hybrid with modules.Its kernel type is Monolithic with modules.
7.Its package management is macOS installer.Its package management is Port collections/packages.
8.Its update management is Software Update.Its update management is by source or network binary update.
9.Its native APIs are Carbon, Cocoa, Java and BSD-POSIX.Its native APIs are BSD/POSIX.
10.It has preferred license of Proprietary, APSL and GNU GPL.It has preferred license of BSD.
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 FreeBSD are UFS2, ZFS, ext2, ext3, FAT, ISO 9660, UDF and NFS.
12.The non-native APIs supported by its subsystems are Toolbox, Win16 and Win32.The non-native APIs supported by subsystems are Mono, Java, Win16, Win32 and Linux.

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