Difference Between OS X and Ubuntu


Main Difference

Mac OS is based on a BSD code base, while Linux is an independent development of a Unix-like system. This means that these systems are similar, but not binary compatible. The apps for OSX are better than Ubuntu in quantity and quality. (Photoshop vs. gimp for example). OS X doesn’t come with a package manager, Ubuntu comes with a package manager.

What is OS X?

It is a series of Unix-based graphical interface operating systems (OS) developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is designed to run on Macintosh computers, having been pre-installed on all Macs since 2002. OS X is the fourth most popular general purpose OS; within the market of desktop, laptop and home computers, and by web usage. OS X is the second most widely used desktop OS after Windows. OS X was the successor to Mac OS 9, released in 1999, the final release of the “classic” Mac OS, which had been Apple’s primary operating system since 1984.


What is Ubuntu?

It is a Debian-based Linux operating system and distribution, with Unity as its default desktop environment for personal computers including smartphones in later versions. Ubuntu also runs network servers. It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of Ubuntu.

Key Differences

  1. The apps for OSX are better than ubuntu in quantity and quality. (Photoshop vs. gimp for example).
  2. OS X doesn’t come with a package manager, Ubuntu comes with a package manager.
  3. The developer of Ubuntu is canonical ltd whereas the developer of OS X is Apple Inc.
  4. The OS family of Ubuntu is Linux whereas the OS family of OS X is Mac OS Unix.
  5. OS X was initially released on March 24, 2001. Ubuntu was released on 20 October 2004.
  6. Ubuntu deals with Personal computers, servers, smartphones, tablet computers (Ubuntu Touch), smart TVs (Ubuntu TV), OS X deals with personal computing.
  7. The official website of OS X is , whereas for Ubuntu it is
  8. Ubuntu is available in more than 55 languages whereas OS X is available in more than 30 languages.

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