The build released to attendees at the conference includes a huge number of ground-breaking changes to the underlying technology in Mac OS X and the APIs exposed to developers. Also, “the Time Machine 3-D interface for backup and data recovery coming in Mac OS X Leopard is amazing. What’s more astounding is that a 3-D interface really works for users.”
Leopard Developer Improvements
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2006-08-10 7:50 amkaiwai
Pardon? nothing is under NDA as far as I know; if they don’t want the public to know, they want tell anyone about it!
All this guy has done is consolidated the number of changes down into a small list, which makes light reading for those who don’t wish to plundge into the abyss of marketing hype that is Steve Jobs.
As for the MacOS X; sorry, its a bloody big let down; sorry, ’64bit’ is about as revolutionary as annoucing that they’ve fixed the bug in the kernel which caused 1 in 100 computers to spontenously explode; its hardly something that should be making news, it expected that it should happen.
A 64bit operating system is not a feature, its an expected part of an operating system these days; no different to a person boasting that they look after their kids! of course you’re meant to!
Once you take the 64bit addition off, this MacOS X comes accross as a pretty misserable excuse for an upgrade, which brings me to questing whether I’m better off jumping ship to FreeBSD/Dell or Windows Vist/Dell or Linux/Dell.
Don’t expect anyone to confirm this information.
David Morgenstern, the author of the eweek piece, is nothing more than an Apple cheerleader. I hope he gets paid for his efforts. By the sound of the marketing fluff he writes, he better not do it for free.
He has been sent to do damage control after the general lukewarm reception by bloggers and the general media of the Leopard build of OS X.
I like OS X, but it is disgusting to read someone who is so pathetically one sided. Pick any other of his Mac columns and you will see the same silly cheerleading with any sense of balance. He must have slept through “Critical Thinking 101”
why would the NDA, a problem? all this info is on apple page of Mac OS X Leopard Sneek Peak.. check time machine there, with videos…
“A 64bit operating system is not a feature, its an expected part of an operating system these days; no different to a person boasting that they look after their kids! of course you’re meant to! ”
This is not true. A very few users really need 64 bits computing anyway, even today. What i mean is that few users will ever need to run an application that needs to address more than 4 GB of memory or need to have a 64 bits integer execution unit. In the case of x86 processors, 64 bits brings small improvments in performance because of the incresed of the number of registers but that’s it, nothing really big. The big advantage of the 64 bits computing is to be able to address more than 4 GB of memory and a few users needs to do so today.
What is nice is that today 64 bits computing is not reserved to some very expensive workstation and basically anyone could use high end 64 bis applications (for video creation, 3D creation, scientific computing….) for far cheaper price than it used to be.
Talking about 64 bits OS, i am glad to see that compared to other guys Apple is getting it right. I mean look at Micorosft which needs to have two separeted OS one for 32 bits architecture, and another one for 64 bit architecture. This is ridilucous and clearly shows that Microsoft has a serious problem when it comes to the modularity of windows.
Moreover Winxp 64 bits is a kind of disaster, it is slower than winxp 32 bits in a large set of applications, it is buggy, the drivers on this system are hell, etc… AND 32 bits application do not tun natively on winxp 64 bits because they run through a translation layer called Windows on Windows, what this? It is just crap..
As far i can see from the presentation of Leopard, the system is the same for 32 bits and 64 bits environments, 32 bits applications runs natively, all API are the same. Much cleaner implementation, in comparison windows sucks.
The same in Linux where you never know what is 64 bist safe or not. How many high level API are 64 bits safe in Linux, only God knows.
And by the way who hell even cares about what computer you want to use, or plan to use, or whatever is happening in your life?
If you don’t have more interesting things to write, please just keep quiet…..
That is because Windows is stupid.
Isn’t some of this information under ADC’s NDA? Nice to know though