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These are the names Apple coined for all their Operating Systems. OS X is a graphical interface system run exclusively on Apple's Macintosh computers. The versions started with the majestic ‘Tiger’ and the latest addition is the magnificent ‘Mountain Lion’. The Operating System initially ran on PC-based Macs, but now it supports iPhones, iPads, second and third generation Apple TV as well. These are some of the Open Source Software you can consider for various functions on your Mac.
Internet Open Source ApplicationsGoogle Chrome and Firefox are the best open source software for any OS X. Chrome is a Google product. It can be launched quickly, website pages load faster and you can search anything by typing the keywords directly on the address bar. Firefox is available for both desktops and mobile phones. Firefox is also an efficient browser and they keep updating their features to keep up with the internet trends.
WiFi scanning Open Source ApplicationsKisMac is great open source software to have for WiFi scanning. It is a free scanner application for all the OS X. it uses passive scanning and monitor mode which is an advantage over other scanners for OS X. it is compatible with multiple 3rd party USB ports. It supports: AirPort (an internal hardware), GPS, mapping and has various other features.
Encrypting Open Source ApplicationsTrueCrypt is good open source encryption software. It creates a virtual encrypted disk within the file and mounts it to a hard disk. It can encrypt storage devices like USB flash drive. Encryption can be done in three different modes (transparent, automatic or real-time). Modern processors can be encrypted by enabling the required hardware.
CD or DVD burning Open Source ApplicationsThough you have Cloud Computing and Virtual Storage Space, it is always better to keep a hard copy of your files and documents. It provides a strong backup if your Mac crashes or other instances when you don’t have access to computers. You get a lot of options for CD burning, but Burn offers you multiple options and at the same time keeps the procedure simple. Not just Files and Documents, it offers great features for audio and video CDs as well.
Word Processing Open Source ApplicationsWord Processing is a professional quality open source app that you can download for free. It is available in thirty different languages, which is a definite advantage to users. You can customize it to your convenience and copy it through free user or developer support. It is compatible with most of the of the file formats which comes handy when you work.
Virtualization Open Source ApplicationsVirtualBox is an ideal choice. The free open source software comes with user-friendly features and competent performance. It supports multiple Operating Systems including Mac’s OS X. VirtualBox gets updated constantly to support the needs of the users.
There used to be heated arguments as to which company offers a better operating system, Microsoft or Apple. Now with many people shifting towards compact devices, the attention is starting to focus on Mobile Platforms. This does not mean that the innovation on desktop platforms have stopped, the innovations happening in mobile platforms are affecting and driving the innovations on Desktop Platforms too. With so many changes taking place, open source software play a key role on all the Operating Systems.