Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 18:41 UTC
Mac OS X

Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks - for free - so it's that time again: John Siracusa's excellent OS X review.

According to Apple, Mavericks has a dual focus. Its first and most important goal is to extend battery life and improve responsiveness. Secondarily, Mavericks aims to add functionality that will appeal to "power users" (Apple's words), a group that may be feeling neglected after enduring two releases of OS X playing iOS dress-up.

Is that enough for Mavericks to live up to its major-release version number and to kick off the next phase of OS X's life? Let's find out.

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Free?
by andrewclunn on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 20:11 UTC
andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

Wow. Time to update my old Mac mini (well if it's supported). I have been wondering (with the recent upswing in the rate of improvements and usability of open source operating systems) how Microsoft and Apple were going to compete on the software front with powerful free alternatives. Going free for the OS is certainly a good first start.

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RE: Free?
by lucas_maximus on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 21:02 in reply to "Free?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Not in corporate it is not.

Microsoft tend to guarantee that a version will be supported for X number of years.

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support for X years?
by project_2501 on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 21:23 in reply to "RE: Free?"
project_2501 Member since:
2006-03-20

The previous comment stated that OSX isn't good for enterprise, and that Microsoft promises support for X years.

This is old style "enterprise IT" thinking.

Enterprises should be architecting such that the OS on the device has zero or minimal dependency on anything else - apps, service, whatever.

Starting with the mentality that apps, services, operating systems .. must all be entangled in a great morass of dependencies and locking is not clever. Yet still common in "enterprise IT".

Effective efficient enterprises allow a range of devices, with diverse operating systems (minimally managed) to access application and services (eg authentication, printing) ... with no assumption of brand or version.

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RE: Free?
by twitterfire on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 06:51 in reply to "Free?"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

2014 will be the year of the linux desktop.

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RE[2]: Free?
by Soulbender on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 13:15 in reply to "RE: Free?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

2014 will be the year of Windows Server in the data center.

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