Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Feb 2011 20:26 UTC
Mac OS X Earlier this week, Apple released the first developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. At the same time, Apple listed a number of new features we hadn't yet heard about, which are quite interesting. There are two themes: bringing iOS to Mac OS X, and adding features other operating systems have had for ages - except in such a way that you can actually use them. Update: Fixed that scrolling thing. It's the other way around of course.
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by MacMan on Mon 28th Feb 2011 02:08 UTC
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I like the UI the way it is now, just wish Apple would do some low level improvements. I'd like to see:

1: A decent file system. HFS+ performance is not all that spectacular compared with most 'modern' file systems. Would really like to see either XFS from SGI, or BFS from Haiku. Both are available I think under a compatible open source license. While Solaris's ZFS is an impressive file system, I don't think it makes much sense on desktop computers.

2: A decent virtual memory manager. OSX's VMM is pretty grim compared to Linux or Solaris especially when large amounts of swapping are involved.

Actually, what would be perfect is Apple took Solaris and just grafted the OSX UI on top.

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RE: Yawn
by darknexus on Mon 28th Feb 2011 06:39 in reply to "Yawn"
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Actually, what would be perfect is Apple took Solaris and just grafted the OSX UI on top.

I'd love to sit in while you try convincing Oracle to let Apple do that. ;) I can't disagree though, that'd be one hell of a system if Solaris and OS X merged. Low-level stuff is boring though. Why bother with such things when they can get everybody drooling over something shiny?

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RE[2]: Yawn
by MacMan on Mon 28th Feb 2011 13:46 in reply to "RE: Yawn"
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Yeh, I doubt that will happen in the near future. Especially with Solaris no-longer open source or no longer fully open source (don't really understand new status of Solaris).

I really would have liked to see Apple buy Sun. That would have been a great combination. Even with all the anti-Apple sentiment around here, I think its fair to say that Apple is a LOT better towards open-source community than Oracle.

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RE: Yawn
by REM2000 on Mon 28th Feb 2011 17:34 in reply to "Yawn"
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I agree 100% with your comment on the hfs+ file system. It's the weakest point in macosx. I've suffered two data corruption situations in which the file system become corrupted and the data was lost. Nothing wrong with the hardware it was the file system which had given up the ghost. This is where I find one of Windows strong points, NTFS is incredibly resilient and I've yet to see a whole disk go bad through the fault of NTFS, even with bad sectiors NTFS performs well. I really hope that as you have commented apple either purchases/licence a new Filesystem, as hfs+ just cannot keep up and it's not something I like worrying about when storing large amounts of data on a hfs+ drive.

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