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How Mac OS X changed Apple's world

Jonny Evans | March 28, 2011
Ten years ago today (24 March 2011) and Apple's first full public version of Mac OS X went on sale worldwide to a gleeful reception as thousands of Mac users attended special events at their local computer shops all across the planet.

From the OS to the platform to the eventual widening of the platform to include both mobile and desktop products, the recent ten-year history of Apple is inexorably linked to the OS it turned to after the nineties doldrums almost destroyed the Cupertino firm.

We're looking at the eighth significant OS X release in the next few months, Lion, which should offer some elements of unification between the iOS and OS X. There's still some bugs to iron out though, particularly the problem with ACL's (Access Control Lists) inside the Finder. Hopefully departing ex-NeXT Mac OS chief, Bertrand Serlet, will be able to fix this before he leaves.

Happy anniversary, OS X.

Thanks for giving us a viable alternative to Microsoft.



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