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Business 2.0: Apple Lifts a Page from Linux

Sep 18, 2000, 19:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Overton)

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"The public beta release of Apple's new OS X operating system--a first for the company--seems to be a hit with the Apple cult. Taking a cue from the Linux crowd, Steve Jobs has pulled off a nifty bit of showmanship...."

"Open source is certainly hot, and has already stolen the outlaw zeitgeist over which Apple used to enjoy a monopoly. Apple unquestionably wants to be as hip as the Linux community. And Apple could save some money and heartache if small headaches for OS X are discovered and fixed now. By contrast, Microsoft OS beta programs are kept completely secret for months, after which the shipping products inevitably are followed by numerous "service releases" to fix bugs."

"But what's the big deal about OS X? It's the most significant retooling of the operating system since the first Macintosh was introduced. First and foremost, OS X is supposed to be more stable than OS 8 or OS 9. It's built around a new kernel called Darwin, which was assembled from Unix code and has been made available to the open source process. This new architecture is intended, among other things, to allow individual programs to crash with less likelihood of bringing the whole system down."

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