Posted by Chris Maunder
Saturday, February 19, 2000 6:00pm
The new operating system from Apple finally has the goods.
Apple's new operating system, MacOS X, will finally get features that Windows has had for years. The operating system based on Mach 3.0 from Carnegie-Mellon University and FreeBSD 3.2, with a version of the Apache web server available for the desktop. With protected and virtual memory, preemptive multitasking, and comprehensive device support, MacOS is now a serious operating system. Not only that, but it looks great.
Photo-realistic icons up to 128 x 128, 'single-window' mode, transparent menus and dialogs, drop shadows behind top-most windows. Windows no longer minimise - they "pour" or "squeeze" into the taskbar...it is, in a couple of words, way cool.
Has apple finally managed to turn the tables and make Microsoft start playing catchup? Windows 2000 has been criticised for adding too much 'eye-candy' to the system instead of concentrating on stability - yet Windows 2000 is proving to be exceptionally robust, and compared to Apple's 'aqua' interface, looks positively drab.
Shrink wrapped versions of MacOS X will be available around August or September, which leaves plenty of time for Microsoft to consolidate its position in the client and server world, while also allowing time for desktop updates if it wishes. While MacOS X may have the goods - and the looks - there will still be a lot of inertia in the industry for Apple to battle.
More info: see http://www.apple.com/macosx/