Jaguar: Time to Stop Pussyfooting Around
Subject:   The top ten.
Date:   2002-08-03 17:36:28
From:   mmurray
I've got my 10.2 on order and I'll be at the shop as soon as its open. But thats because I like having the latest thing. If I was making a more rational assessment of the top ten it would be:

Ten Superb Jaguar Features


Fast Finder: Yes, there will be spring-loaded folders (who says Apple doesn't listen ;) ), but the real news is that the Jaguar Finder has been rewritten, and it's sweet.

*** This would justify it alone for me - but my works pays the fee for the new system so its not so hard to buy it.

2. This is probably the real reason that Microsoft is ticked off; in Jaguar is better than Entourage. It's more stable, has much better junk mail filters, and it integrates with Apple's online services.

** I use Eudora. This does nothing for me.


Rendezvous: Apple's branding for Zero Configuration Networking is the most exciting networking thing I've seen since AirPort.

** I thought this would do nothing until other hardware adapted. Its a great idea I have missed being able to plug into an appletalk network and join the internet. Our local IT people will hate it as it will mean a loss of control.

Integration of FreeBSD 4.4 and GCC 3.1 into Darwin: This is real Unix, and it just got better with Jaguar.

** I guess this is good.

Common UNIX Print System (CUPS) for print sharing: Uses Internet Printing Protocol to manage print jobs and queues, but supports other protocols too, including SMB.

** Ditto


Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP): Apple wrote their own PPTP implementation that includes IPsec. Macs can now easily access secure Windows servers. And it's built right in the OS.

** Won't use it.


Lightweight Directory Access Protocol 3.0 (LDAP): Jaguar includes LDAP 3.0, which is an upgrade from 10.1's LDAP 2.0

** Doesn't excite me.

Quartz Extreme: Uses OpenGL to improve graphic performance. If you have a new Mac, it really improves performance.

** Doesn't run on my Powerbook G$ 400 Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Address Book: Becomes your core database for contact management that can be used throughout Jaguar and by any Jaguar-savvy application. At last, one address database that works with all of your applications.

** I use Personal Organiser.

QuickTime 6: Incorporates Mpeg 4 and AAC audio for state-of-the-art multimedia. Have you seen the Mpeg 4 demo?

** I have already downloaded QT 6 and watched the
KeyNote with it.


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    2002-08-04 01:01:41  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hey, these are ten things that I think are cool about Mac OS X. You could ask 30 beta testers and get 30 different lists. That's the fun of it. I'm not saying that my 10 have to do it for you. But I did want to add some substance to my advocacy so as not to be one of those windbags that's nothing more than hot air ...