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Jef Raskin on OS X: "It's UNIX, it's backwards"

Sep 06, 2000, 16:50 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Pang)

Originally seen in Good Morning Silicon Valley.

"Jef Raskin was Apple Computer's thirty-first employee, its manager of publications, and manager of the Macintosh project from 1979 to 1982. He studied mathematics and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and computer science at Penn State. Before joining Apple he taught computer science at the University of California, San Diego; was a visiting scholar at Stanford University; worked as a musician, conductor, and music teacher in the Bay Area; and founded the technical publishing firm Bannister & Crun." He was interviewed by Alex Pang as part of a Stanford University project, "Making the Macintosh."

Raskin on OS X, the next-generation Macintosh operating system based on BSD and Open Source technologies:

"The people in charge at Apple, and I think Jobs was one of them, were not visionaries. He's always been called a visionary, and I've never seen that, in all the years I worked there. Being a visionary is not what he's great at. Look at OS X, that Apple's coming out with: everybody who works on it says it's a throwback to the 1970s in terms of structure. It's UNIX, it's backwards."

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