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osOpinion: Mac Creator Raskin Comes Down Hard on OS X

Feb 01, 2001, 08:21 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Burg)

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"The man responsible for conceiving and implementing the project that delivered the first complete graphical user interface OS to market, Jef Raskin, has recently found himself out of favor in the Mac community, a group that normally includes him with the other apostles that surround the legend of Apple Computer."

"His crime was referring in an offhand way to OS X as a "throwback" during a recent interview, saying "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."

"This comment certainly gives one pause for thought. Isn't UNIX the end all of enterprise operating systems, renowned for its power and stability? And isn't OS X finally bringing the power of preemptive multitasking and protective memory to the Mac? Of course."

"But when Raskin says throwback, he's referring neither to the qualities of respective operating systems nor to the history of UNIX, the industry workhorse."

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