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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BS
by Damien on Wed 25th Oct 2006 20:10 UTC
Damien
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2005-07-07

Two things.

Watching these security updates for some time, many of them come from the bundled open-source applications that are included as part of the OS. With such a large range of developers working on all of the different components, its no wonder that they're releasing more updates as they discover more issues.

Secondly, you have to admit that OSX is ten times the OS that OS9 was, you really can't compare them. The more features you have the more little bugs will sneak in the door.

What you need to be more concerned with are the operating systems that don't get regular updates.

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RE: BS
by jebb on Thu 26th Oct 2006 09:47 in reply to "BS"
jebb Member since:
2006-07-06

"Secondly, you have to admit that OSX is ten times the OS that OS9 was, you really can't compare them. The more features you have the more little bugs will sneak in the door."

I'm not a programmer, nor am I a mac user, but I did learn C for a couple of months on PowerMacs, a few years back. In CodeWarrior, running on top of (I think) OS8. Well any memory allocation mistake in my (crappy) code used to bring the entire system down at runtime. Fatal error message with the bomb and all.

It may have been more secure at the time, but there was probably not much that could be saved under the hood...

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