Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Oct 2006 19:29 UTC
Mac OS X Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple did not need NeXT, the company that provided the foundation for Mac OS X; he argues that System 7 wasn't nearly as bad as it was made out to be. Wozniak also says that Mac OS 9 was more secure than OS X is now: Mac OS X is built in Unix and is therefore more prone to attacks because people are familiar with the holes in Unix, explained Woznaik. "Some of the holes in Unix are well known. So keeping Firewalls on is more important. And we keep announcing, even our own security fixes, not as many as Microsoft but still we never really had those in the OS 9 days."
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I agree that Woz has a point.

Apple's failure to produce a "modern" operating system was the result of bad management, rather than the shortcomings of the classic Mac OS. It took Apple many years after the acquisition of NeXT to recover from those management issues and produce a mediocre operating system (Mac OS X 10.0 and Mac OS X 10.2).

Carbon itself should be ample evidence that Mac OS could have been modernized. It is the classic Mac OS API, adapted for memory protection and preemptive multitasking and other such goodies. But Apple felt that they had to reinvent itself, so NeXT became the keystone.

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