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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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

Erm, it is not as if OSX is NeXT 2.0. They used components and ideas from NeXT.

I think that in the end, either way would've succeeded. Personally, I would've preferred they bought Be, since I like BeOS more than I do UNIX or UNIX-like systems.

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Thats good! Since the versions were up to Openstep 4.2! ;)

And, OSX is more Openstep than you think.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Erm, it is not as if OSX is NeXT 2.0. They used components and ideas from NeXT.

Having actually used NeXT for a while back in the day, saying OSX uses components of NeXT is silly. It is not a fundamentally different OS, OSX IS NeXT. It is heavily modified under the hood and has a spiffy new paintjob, but it is still NeXT. OSX is NeXT with components of System 9 in it, not the other way around.

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