Finally, someone who agrees with me. MacOS X sucks more than anything that has sucked before. It's going to be a disaster. (By the way, I work at Apple.) Steve Jobs's keynote at Macworld SF is in a few hours, and I'll be watching it on video monitors at the office, just waiting for the damn thing to crash during the demo and totally embarass his ass.
I have serious doubts that Avie and Steve will ever learn the truth about Mac users, but I can hope. That truth being, Mac users do not want Unix, NeXTSTEP, or any of the other crap that has gone into MacOS X. They want the MacOS the way it is, only better, where "better" is defined as having preemptive multitasking and memory protection without giving up all the cool little UI features that make the Mac what it is.
And I hate to tell you this, but MacOS X has really not improved that much since Public Beta. There are a few things that have gotten better, but for the most part, it's still that same, shitty NeXT-clone that you saw a few months ago. Ugh.
The worst part about all this is, Apple customers could have been using a fully preemptively multitasked, memory protected version of the MacOS by now. There was even a plan by some people in the MacOS group to do just that. They worked it out while the "fortissimo" project (the upcoming MacOS 9.1) was ramping up. I've heard varying reports as to just how far they got, but from what I understand, it was not that big a job. (It certainly would have been less work that this goddamn MacOS X project is turning out to be!) Note that ever since 8.6, the MacOS is actually running as a single task under the "nanokernel", which is a derivative of the "NuKernel" from the failed Copland project. Changing the MacOS so that Carbon apps (and this would only be for Carbon apps) ran as separate, memory protected tasks under the nanokernel would have been almost trivial. Regular MacOS apps would all continue to run under a separate, single-tasked enviroment as they do now. It would have solved all the current problems with the MacOS, without throwing anything away or introducing any new, unwanted crap.
Well, guess what happened to that plan? Avie killed it, just so he wouldn't have any competition for his little "MacOS X" project. (Naturally, the people who worked on that plan quit after that incident.)
Avie is a fucking asshole, and you can quote me on that. Blame him for destroying the Mac.
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