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MacWeek: One OS or two?; resistance to OS X

Jan 05, 2001, 15:14 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe LiPetri, Dennis Sellers)

"With the final version of Mac OS X looming on the horizon, some Mac developers are saying--publicly and privately--that Apple should change, at least temporarily, its "one operating system" strategy and continue revising Mac OS 9. At last year's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told keynote attendees that when Mac OS X is finished, it will be the only operating system Apple will continue to develop. "Apple has a single operating system strategy, not a dual, triple, or quadruple strategy like some companies," Jobs said."

"Like many Mac users, Helmut Tschemernjak of Helios Software laments many of the changes in OS X, such as the new Finder and the removal of Navigation Services and other Classic OS features. "The biggest problem I see at present with Mac OS X is that the ease of use of the operating system goes several years back," he said."

"Tschemernjak also cited the small number of native Carbon or Cocoa OS X applications, and complained that Apple's developer documentation is lacking. "Less than 10 percent of the APIs are documented, (and) other parts are wrongly documented," he said, further contending that OS X's support for Unix APIs is not as strong as in Linux or Sun Microsystems' Solaris OS."

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