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Mac OS X at 20

Juli Clover (tweet):

On March 24, 2001, a Saturday, Apple began allowing customers to purchase Mac OS X, the successor to the classic Mac OS. The first version of Mac OS X, “Cheetah,” was famous for its “Aqua” interface with a water bubble-style design for everything from windows to buttons.

Jason Snell (tweet):

I’ve written a lot about Mac OS X over the years. Compiling that timeline reminded me of that. I was a features editor at Macworld when Apple began shipping OS X precursors, and so I edited most of our early coverage. Beginning with Mac OS X 10.1, I wrote most of Macworld’s big feature stories covering each release.


(While I wrote shorter reviews for Macworld, John Siracusa was always reviewing OS X at length for Ars Technica. Here’s a list of all his reviews.)

Joachim Fornallaz:

Fun fact: Mac OS X required a Mac with at least 128 MB of RAM, the same amount the original iPhone shipped with 6 years later.

Steve Troughton-Smith:

Unless you have an old PowerMac lying around, the only way for you to run this today is via emulation, in qemu-system-ppc. If that’s a rabbit hole you want to jump into today, check out the Emaculation wiki.



Old Unix Geek

It was an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.

It was fun while it lasted.

Now is 20 years later after the first version of Mac OS X. Apple should release a new Mac OS with emphasis on artificial intelligence. For instance, when you do repetitive tasks, the Mac should identify that and prompt to do it for you. It would be a new revolution.

TeX: macOS 12 "Clippy"? That sounds terrible. I already disable Siri on all my devices. I want machines to have predictability, not undocumented magic. This is not a situation that calls for the magic pixie dust buzzword of "AI".

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