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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RE[4]: dementing
by Troels on Thu 26th Oct 2006 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: dementing"
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But in this context we are really talking about a specific system, not that you, in theory, can make a secure system without protected memory. I don't think anyone would doubt that it is possible even without reading Wirths work, it just wouldn't make sense that using protected memory was the one true way.

Now about MacOS 9 being secure without it, hell, it wasn't even close to being stable, so i seriously doubt it would be, in any way, secure. I personally think the Macintosh would be dead if they hadn't switched OS. I just don't see how they could fix up an OS that in important ways were technologically behind even Windows 95. (of course it would be possible, but would be a slow and expensive process)

Another question would be, how many of the current MacOS X users would have used a system based on OS 9. I know i wouldn't have touched it with a 10' pole :-)

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