Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jun 2008 06:12 UTC
Mac OS X Earlier this month, we reported that The Unofficial Apple Weblog's as well as Ars Technica's sources said that Apple was working on the next version of Mac OS X, dubbed Snow Leopard. The news was that the new release wouldn't focus on new features, but on performance. During yesterday's WWDC 2008 keynote, Steve Jobs confirmed this rumour, and now Apple has published a preview page.
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It takes balls!
by krreagan on Tue 10th Jun 2008 17:36 UTC
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I give Apple credit for doing the right thing! Taking the time to optimize and rearrange the structure of the OS so that future OS innovations may be implemented more easily. Sometimes it takes balls to do the right thing!.

Leopard is a very stable OS and IMO, not bloated like other OS's (see Vista & most popular Linux distros). Some people seem to associate optimization with bloat reduction... Whiles this can be the case, I doubt this is Apples intentions as Leopard is not terribly bloated. It is more likely going to take the existing OS and restructure certain features/functions in a more logical/efficient way.

The great thing about OS X is that I can install Leopard on my fathers 6-YO 1Ghz dual PowerMac G4 Quicksilver and have it run great! Try installing Vista on a 6-YO computer and see what happens!

MS is attempting to un-bloat win7??? I really doubt that a company that spent 5+ years putting together an OS, removing virtually all the initial "money features" in the name of "just getting it done", is actually going to be able to make large strides is optimizing the OS. I have very little comfidence in MS abilities to do anything substantial with their OS.

If Apple really wanted to improve the performance of OS X and applications... It would write its own very highly optimizing compiler that specializes in producing code designed to run on multiple processors. And then it should do all it can to encourage/force developers to write threaded applications that make good use of multiple(4+) cores.


Edited 2008-06-10 17:44 UTC

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