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Jef Raskin on OS X: “It’s UNIX, it’s backwards”

Originally seen in Good Morning Silicon
Valley
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“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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