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SF Gate: 10 Times Is A Charm; Radical Revamp Puts Mac OS Back in the Running

Sep 26, 2000, 15:58 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

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"Mac OS X features the battle-tested Mach 3.0 kernel," trumpets Apple's Web site. To most Windows users, those words probably seem no more significant than Apple's decision to ship its slow, crash-prone Macs in a rainbow of colors. To the much-maligned cabal of Apple-loyal techies, however, they may just mean salvation."

"One of the earliest efforts at a kernel for the Mac OS was an attempt to write one brand new, from scratch. Code-named Copland... Its release date came and went, and eventually it was scrapped completely. ... Meanwhile, Microsoft had left Apple for dead in the OS game. Windows 95 had swept the desktop market, the Mac's market share plummeted, and Redmond moved on in search of bigger game."

"Some Mac loyalists see it as fitting, then, that when Apple finally introduced its next-generation OS, this time it would sport a time-tested UNIX core: the Mach kernel, developed at Carnegie-Mellon University. And this time it wouldn't be reserved merely for the business server market. Mac OS X aims to bring UNIX to the desktop."

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