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O'Reilly Network: Mac OS X Opens Apple to a New Audience

Jan 13, 2001, 17:02 (11 Talkback[s])
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"As we look at Mac OS X in general, and Darwin in particular, I think we begin to see a trend. So much of Mac OS X is based on open source technology, like BSD for example, that Apple may finally have found the magic formula of open and proprietary ingredients to broaden its following of cutting-edge developers."

"At last year's Open Source Convention in Monterey, CA, I saw as many PowerBooks as I've ever seen at any Apple event. Many people who love computers, and the magic that they contain, love Apple hardware -- and for good reason: Apple hardware is beautiful inside and out. The obstacle to the full embrace of Apple hardware has been the antiquated operating system. ... Much in the same way that Steve Jobs had to pluck floppy drives from our desktops and toss them on the scrap heap, he's now having to yank the "pretty on the outside, but moldy on the inside" OS and replace it with, of all things, a Unix-based operating system."

"...not only is Apple on the verge of a new technology era with Mac OS X, they have the opportunity to attract an audience who believes that the next generation of computing depends as much on how software is created and distributed as on how it is used. Ironically, this revolutionary thinking reminds me of a 1980s Apple vision of how hardware should be made available to the masses."

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