Architosh has a full compliment of material on Mac OS X and adds additional material not found in our older Mac OS X page. Below you will find technical resources, articles and sites devoted to all things Mac OS X.
- Mac OS X is Apple's new, next-generation Mac operating system for Apple PowerPC computers. Mac OS X is expected to be completed Feb. 24th, 2001, and has been under development since Apple acquired NeXT in 1997 from Steve Jobs.
Mac OS X is the most modern operating system in the world. Based on a combination of NeXT's OPENSTEP (UNIX) operating system, classic Mac OS X APIs and FreeBSD UNIX, Mac OS X exceeds all other operating systems in existence in combination of legendary Mac "ease-of-use" and industrial UNIX power and stability.
- What makes Mac OS X Modern?
- In general the use of the word "modern" in OS's is reserved for those OS's which have all of the following UNIX attributes: 1 - a microkernel, 2 - full, protective memory, 3 - multiprocessing ability, 4 - preemptive multitasking, and 5 - multithreading. The current version of Mac OS has only some of these, which is why the Mac has never been a modern OS.
Mac OS X is Apple's first complete leap over Microsoft in many years, providing a truly modern OS to the consumer masses before Microsoft is able to complete that difficult objective. Furthermore, Mac OS X offers some truly revolutionary features that rivals like Microsoft will not emulate for many years to come. In particular are its PostScript/PDF-based imaging engine called Quartz.
Mac OS X, a 64-bit OS, will have the unique ability to run Classic 32-bit Mac OS applications at native speedsall transparently! Mac OS X will also offer the most advanced Java 2 support.
For more up-to-date Mac OS X information visit the Mac OS X page at Apple and the resources below.
For general information on computer operating systems go to the Web site OS Data.com
- Mac OS X Ready Applications List
- The following list of applications are already in some stage of Mac OS X development. (X = Ready Now, B = In Beta, D = Under development): Updated List!
|Status: ||Application: |
|X ||ArchiCAD |
|D ||BOA 3.0 |
|X ||BodyPaint 3D |
|X ||Bryce |
|X ||CADintosh |
|X ||Cinema4D |
|D || |
|X ||GraphicsConverter 4.1 |
|X ||LightWave 3D |
|X ||Lightworks Classic |
|X ||Lightworks Lite |
|X ||Lightworks Pro |
|B ||MacDraft 5 |
|X ||Maya for Mac OS X |
|X ||Meshworks |
|X ||Nonio C |
|X ||POV-Ray for Mac OS |
|D ||solidThinking |
|B ||VectorWorks |
|B ||VectorWorks ARCHITECT |
|B ||VectorWorks LANDMARK |
|B ||VectorWorks SPOTLIGHT |
- Mac OS X Future / Wish List
- The following list of applications are currently Classic Mac OS applications that are available now. We wish to see all of them on the Mac OS X Ready List soon. Here is the development status. (U = undetermined/under consideration, H9 = Heritage Mac OS 9, continued development, HF = Heritage Mac OS 9, development on hold or terminated, H7-8 = Heritage Mac OS, development limited to system 7-8.) Ongoing List!
|Status: ||Application: |
|U ||3D World |
|U ||Artlantis |
|U ||cumTerra |
|U ||DomusTerra |
|U ||MCnurbs Creator |
|U ||Microspot Interiors |
|U ||Neoform |
|U ||Pixels3D |
|U ||ZOOM |
The following listing of websites are devoted to Mac OS X, including some key Apple resources.
- Apple - Mac OS X
- Apple - Mac OS X Developer Resources
- Apple - Mac OS X Products Guide
- Apple - Mac Classic Compatible Products Guide
- Apple - Mac OS X Public Beta
- MacNN - OS X
- Apple - Official Darwin Site
- Darwin OS.org
- MacCentral - Mac OS X
|Feature/Benefit ||Mac OS X ||Windows 2000/NT ||Linux ||# |
|UI (GUI): aesthetics ||Aqua ||No Aqua abilities ||No Aqua abilities || |
|Graphics - native PDF ||Yes - In Quartz ||No - extra software ||No - extra software || |
|Hardware-software integration ||Better ||Good ||Worse || |
|Ease-of-Use ||Legendary ||Good ||Worse || |
|Built-in scripting ||Yes - AppleScript ||No ||No || |
|Number of Bits ||64-bit ||32-bit (partial 64) ||32 or 64-bit || |
|Max. Processors-workstation ||2-4 ||2 ||4 || |
|Max. Processors-server ||2-4 ||8 ||4 || |
|Full Kernel ||Yes-Mach ||Yes-Proprietary ||Yes-Linux || |
|Full protected memory ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes || |
|Multiprocessing ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes || |
|Preemptive multitasking ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes || |
|Multithreading ||Yes ||Yes ||Yes || |
|POSIX compliance ||Yes ||No - partial ||Yes || |
|Java 2 Support ||Yes ||? ||? || |
|Enterprise Servers ||Good ||Good ||Better || |
|Web Application Development ||Good ||Better ||Good || |
|Publishing - Print ||Better ||Good ||Worse || |
|Publishing - Web ||Better ||Good ||Worse || |
|High-End Workstation ||Better ||Better ||Better || |
|Web Server ||Better ||Good ||Better || |
|Software - Overall ||Good ||Better ||Good || |
|Software - Creative ||Better ||Good ||Worse || |
|Software - Business ||Good ||Better ||Good || |
|Software - Games ||Good ||Better ||Good || |
|Software - CAD ||Good ||Better ||Good || |
|Software - 3D/Animation ||Better ||Better ||Good || |
As you can see from the above chart Mac OS X is every bit as powerful as Linux or Windows 2000 with some key advantages, both at the "usability level" and the "industrial strength level".
|Industrial Strength |
Mac OS X exceeds Windows and Linux on usability on the basis of its advanced Mac graphical user interface, complete hardware to software integration and built-in scripting language, AppleScript.
In the publishing and creative industries leading products are often Mac-centric, only Mac or Mac first, providing the richest set of top-tier solutions. Examples include Final Cut Pro and the Altivec enhanced Adobe Photoshop.
Mac OS X exceeds Windows and Linux on industrial strength potential and on current offerings, considering its pre-version 1.0 status.
Mac OS X is fully 64-bit ready, supports more processors in workstations (up to 4) and takes advantage of them with vector processing via AltiVec processing units.
Mac OS X has a fully advanced, customized Apache Web server solution built-in to the OS and includes full support for all Apache modules - something Windows 2000 doesn't have. Furthermore, OS X includes a POSIX compatibility (UNIX standard API set) that Windows only partially has.
Mac OS X offers full Java 2 support.
For a very technical but enjoyable introduction to all operating systems available with a remarkable level of resources go on over to the OperatingSystems.net website.
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