At some point the general population is going realize what the software world already knows — Mac OS X is the real deal. Three items in this week’s news add more weight to this perception.
Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) is shipping ahead of schedule. And based on the last build I saw, it’s good. Apple has been on time and on target with each of its OS X releases. It’s a lot easier to take a new operating system seriously when the company that produces it shows this type of commitment.
Oracle has released a developer’s build of its 9i Enterprise Edition software. The requirements for this build are a G4-based PowerPC running Mac OS X 10.2 with Apache active and Tomcat installed. Even though this release only supports core database functions, my guess is that some of the options such as Real Application Clusters will soon follow.
Rumors are circulating that Microsoft will bring full MSN support to Mac OS X in the near future. If true, why would MS consider such a move if Mac OS X didn’t fit into its business model?
At some point you have to ask, “What does it take to get serious about this operating system?”
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