[Lvlug] OS X
Thu, 19 Apr 2001 06:58:22 -0400
Sounds cool. By any chance did you get contact information of someone from
Apple who may be able to arrange a demo. If so could you pass it on. The
LVCG still needs a program for the July 17 meeting at Mack Trucks.
On Wednesday 18 April 2001 11:09 pm, you wrote:
> For those of you who do not know my opinion of the Mac OS, I really do not
> like it. Nor do I like using an Apple computer, I just cannot get the hang
> of a one button mouse. Nor was I ever turned on by the GUI interface.
> While others thought it was revolutionary, I felt it was clunky and
> Today I had the opportunity to attend an OS X launch party in King of
> Prussia. It was held at the Imax theater. I must say, this being my first
> Imax experience, I was really entralled by the theater. There is a really
> need dinosaur movie coming out this summer called Tyranosaur in 3d. But
> that aside...
> I attended the party with my supervisor and the big Mac pushing teacher in
> the district. The even kicked off with highlights of OS X and some demos.
> About two hours into the presentation I came to the sudden realization that
> Windows is so dead.
> For those of you who do not know, OS X is the most recent turning point,
> and a very significant one, for Apple. They went and redesigned their
> entire OS from the ground up. The first thing they did was build it on
> Darwin and the Mach 3 kernel. What does that mean? Well, OS X is at its
> core, BSD Unix, and pretty darn solid. Darwin is an open source OS
> available now for the intel platform, but with limited (read very) hardware
> compatibility. On top of Darwin is Apple's GUI: Aqua and some other
> technologies like Cocoa. Aqua is very beautiful and functional. The
> graphic depiction is second to none. The interface retains most of the Mac
> look and feel, but has been beefed up a bit and more versital.
> Having a Unix backbone, OS X has adopted all the networking technology
> inherant with Unix. The foremost network protocol is IP. There is still
> support for Apple Talk, though. OS X comes with Apache and is able to run
> Samba and just about any other app compiliable under FreeBSD.
> The presenters, all Apple reps, made it a point the awknoledge that Apple
> has adopted a more Open Source philosophy, and espoused the benefits of
> Open Source all the way. It is too bad Aqua was not Open Source.
> There was much hype about OS X server, but no real demonstartion. They
> focused on the ease of streaming QuickTime video and the addition of a GUI
> configuration tool for Apache. It remains to be seen whether this tool
> will make it into the open source community.
> One nifty feature of OS X is that it comes with a developer disc. This
> makes designing custom OS X (and earlier OS releases) a snap. One
> demonstrator built a simple word processor in under 5 minutes with no
> coding necessary.
> I had the opportunity to play around with a couply of machines during the
> breaks. One was a G3 running a 700mhz processor with 256 mbs ram. I tried
> stressing it as much as I could. While Itunes was playing an mp3 and
> displaying a visual front end with an OpenGL representation of the movie, I
> took the liberty of opening Word, Excell, Power Point, AppleWorks 6,
> Internet Explorer, Apple Script Tool, the movie maker, rendered a movie,
> played idvd, and a few other apps I cannot remember (basically anything I
> could find) and it all ran. There was some stammering with the song (not
> too much) and I am sure the rendering was slowed a bit, but the machine did
> not come to a creeping halt nor did it crash. OS X is truly a
> multi-tasking OS that is impressive.
> Having a Unix core means there is a terminal which defaults (I guess) to
> the c shell. I played around in this for a bit. I must now add, though, I
> was able to crash the system. I was using a cube on the terminal when
> something funky happened. The letter "l" kept repeating itself and locked
> me out of doing anything else. A suspend of the machine (just placing a
> finger over the top of the cube, shutdown is activated by body heat) and
> this stopped the repetition, but did not revive the OS. It required a
> complete reboot.
> OS X is sweet and Apple did not skimp on its current customers. OS X has
> support for OS 9 software and comes with a copy of OS 9. Applications not
> optimized or written for OS X run in classic mode. Basically, OS 9 is
> booted right along side OS X to run the application. Now you might be
> saying "This is all cool, but what about system overhead?" Don't expect to
> run OS X on anything short of 128 mb ram. You can get away with 64, but I
> would expect things could run really slow.
> For all its flash, OS X requires some heavy processing power and a chunk or
> Ram. Even with the minimum, you could notice some lag in programs
> starting, but otherwise, they ran fine.
> One of the more inpressive demonstrations showed the creation of a PDF
> document containing some nice graphics of a boat and wave. The graphics
> were enlarged, shrunk, and had tranparancy applied to them. Some text was
> added also. Anti-aliased fonts are very nice. But whats more! An OpenGL
> 3d window was opened that contained a bottle with a blank lable. The pdf
> document was dragged onto the bottle and it became the label. Different
> lightening effects were applied to demonstarte how a user can create simple
> 3d images. The entire image was rotated 360. As changes were made to the
> pdf document, they were reflected real-time on the lable of the bottle.
> Pretty neat.
> Last year our department decided and was able to convince the majority of
> the powers that be at the district to switch to an all PC platform. On the
> verge of ordering 300+ PC's today we decided to seriously rethink this
> decision and will be looking at the possiblity of 300 Macs.
> Again, I am no real fan of the Mac OS operating system, but I was blown
> away by what I saw. It still has the look and feel of a Mac on serious
> steriods, but I would take any one of those machines over a Windows box any
> I think Windows is in for a big downfall. They aren't producing anything
> new and exciting. Looking at all the "main stream" OS's available today,
> there seems to be only two that are not unix based: Windows and OS/2. I
> won't lump Novell into a Mainstream OS because it realy isn't and has been
> on its death bed for some time. Although I will add, Novell is working
> closely with Redhat, even they see the light.
> While it seems everyone else is adopting open standards, MS is clamping
> down (see their proprietary sound format for an example). I give it 5
> years or so, but I believe it will happen. OS X is going to be big. Linux
> and FreeBSD will increase in popularity as tools are designed for end users
> to more easily configure and install the operating systems.
> The good times are ahead.