There are two similar tags and , and it's confusing which to use.

Would be a good idea to make them synonyms?

  • Linking in some historical related posts: unix.meta.stackexchange.com/q/2816/117549 and unix.meta.stackexchange.com/q/15/117549
    – Jeff Schaller Mod
    Apr 27, 2018 at 2:20
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    Actually, /macos and /osx should be synonyms for darwin under the definitions on the On Topic page.
    – fd0
    Apr 28, 2018 at 17:31
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    fd0: I see what you mean, but at the same time it is possible to run Darwin without the whole normal OS X userland... E.g., puredarwin, or in the old days opendarwin. These would have a "normal" X server (xorg) and a much more traditional Unix-y feel, since they lack the OS X secret sauce (like cocoa). Heck, you might even be able to install CDE on them and have it work properly. I don't think 'darwin' really is 100% the same as OS X/Mac OS from a pedantic standpoint.
    – Wyatt Ward
    May 1, 2018 at 4:25

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These should be synonyms, but , being the currently preferred name of the OS, should be the master, and the other tags synonyms of it. That doesn't match the current suggestion.

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    Yes, macos should be the main tag, the other's should be synonyms for that tag.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    May 3, 2018 at 8:53

Yes, I think they should be synonyms; I’ve added a candidate on the synonyms page, feel free to vote it up or down.


Use darwin, macos-classic, macosx/macos-x/osx. I would prefer macos-x.

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    Is macos-classic really a 'unix', though? I mean, maybe if you're using A/UX...
    – Wyatt Ward
    May 4, 2018 at 18:27
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    No, in fact, macOS classic is not a Unix. It has no familial relationship to Unix, few or none of the Unix user interfaces, and little or none of the Unix API. May 6, 2018 at 19:16

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