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Mac User/UK: I Should Cocoa [Mac OS X]

Feb 21, 2000, 02:14 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"...amid all the Linux hoopla, the prime advantage of BSD over Linux hasn't been widely noted. In merciless precis, it boils down to this: if you develop code for Linux, the licence Ts & Cs dictate you put it back into the general pot, and all other developers get access to it; but if you develop for BSD, you don't - you get to keep your stuff secret."

"Apple's incredible rotating operating system strategy is currently all back on the one platform, and the business end is facing three ways. You've got Classic, running existing apps, Carbon, dealing with optimised versions of existing apps, and Cocoa, which is the future - maybe."

"...at the [OS X] launch, Microsoft was enthusiastic, vowing to develop Office for this new platform. A wilful misreading of this alleged enthusiasm would have you believe the Microsofties meant they were going to port to Cocoa, whereas, in fact, the shiftless buggers will probably just Carbonize it and watch the money roll in. But if it did port to Cocoa, Microsoft would be developing an Office suite for BSD, which, of course, is just a heartbeat away from Office for Linux. Don't tell Bill."

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