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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support for X years?
by project_2501 on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 21:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Free?"
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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: support for X years?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 22:45 in reply to "support for X years?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, if wishes and buts were clusters of nuts, we'd all have a bowl of granola.

Sadly, they don't work that way... yet. But seeing the transition to BYOD, there certainly is more hope that that kind of device agnosticism will transfer over.

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RE[2]: support for X years?
by project_2501 on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 09:26 in reply to "RE: support for X years?"
project_2501 Member since:
2006-03-20

Except there are plenty of examples where small and tosome extent larger organisations are indeed doing just this.

There is too much "defeatist" mentality amongst enterprise IT people...

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RE: support for X years?
by Deviate_X on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 08:42 in reply to "support for X years?"
Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

The enormous amounts of money spent on Java by the corporate world since 1999 appears not have had the expected effects.

Incidentally Java has also failed in Mobile, we have a forked version running in android, apples object C dominating the apps market.

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RE: support for X years?
by ari-free on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 19:44 in reply to "support for X years?"
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2007-01-22

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

Or hardware. That rules out Apple's OS since it only runs on Apple's hardware.

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RE[2]: support for X years?
by project_2501 on Thu 24th Oct 2013 10:09 in reply to "RE: support for X years?"
project_2501 Member since:
2006-03-20

Yes, apple's OS only runs on apple hardware. And BBOS runs on Blackberries, and Android runs on nexus etc

So the architectural decision is to grit your teeth and allow the OS and hardware to be bound - but make a clear delineation between (hardware+OS) and (applications, services).

This gives you most of the agility, independence and reduction in lockin and complexity you are aiming for.

How many people or organisations regularly want to change the OS on a piece of hardware anyway? But we do want to be able to have a diversity of them, and not be tied to specific brands or versions when we want to use applications and services.

Is enterprise IT really such a hard problem? Or is it full of chancers who played with Visual Studio Express once ... an article for another day think on the relative quality between the various engineering professions...

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