PC Week sent a Windows reporter to cover Apple’s new operating system,
OS X, and they are taking a beating over it in the BSD community.
The introduction says,
“Aesthetically similar to Unix, Mac OS X is built on a customized
variant of the mach3 Unix kernel
and bsd Linux, providing more stability to programs and demonstrating
true multitasking capabilities.”
The statement “mach3 Unix kernel and bsd Linux” clearly proves that
adding buzzwords, like “Linux”, to a
sentence doesn’t necessarily improve it any.
Mach is a micro-kernel and comes from Carnegie-Mellon University, with later additions by the University of Utah, and is licensed under a BSD-ish license. In
other words, it’s “open source” for some definition of that term. It was used in the NeXT OS, which was purchased by Apple. However, BSD was developed at the University of Berkeley California, decended from the original AT&T Unix code, and is clearly not Linux. Linux was written from scratch to be like Unix and is only a Kernel. BSD is developed and packaged as a complete operating system.
The other point that PC Week is getting beat up over is their
description of the case sensitive login as “clunky”
and a “hurdle”. This is called “security” and Windows’ lack of it puts
it low on my list of choices. Pressing
the ESC key to bypass the Windows login hardly seems secure, but clearly
appears to be what this article was expecting.
All in all, Mac OS X seems to be shaping up to be a very nice operating
system. They did their comparison
against a public beta, not the final shipping copy. I can’t wait till my
copy gets here.