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Boston.com: At the core of Apple's OS X [Interview with Jordan Hubbard]

Dec 13, 2001, 16:19 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

[ Thanks to Bastion for this link. ]

"Apple needs converts like Hubbard to help the company bust out of its niche markets and resume a role in the mainstream of computing. Hubbard and his colleagues in Apple's software development department are pitching OS X as a better Linux, one that bridges the distance between the crude software of the open-source world and the glossy, top-quality stuff that Mac users have long taken for granted.

Want to do graphic design in Linux? There's the open-source product GIMP, but the graphics industry is standardized around Adobe Photoshop. By next year, there will be an OS X version of Photoshop; there probably never will be one for Linux. You'll never see a Linux version of Microsoft Office; the OS X version is available at CompUSA.

Meanwhile, Linux buffs will be able to modify their favorite programs to run on Mac OS X. And they can write new ones. OS X comes with an extra CD that most consumers will toss aside as useless. Not so the gearheads. The disk is full of programming tools to help them write their own OS X applications. Only a tiny handful of customers will ever do so, but it only takes a few to produce a new hit product."

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