MacOS X, a decade later

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Sep 13, 2010 in Technology | Subscribe

WARNING: Non-law content ahead :beatup:

I’ve been an Apple fan since middle school, a love affair I partly detailed in this Things TDot Likes entry from awhile back.

And 10 years ago today I was near the tail-end of my stint as a bona fide Apple employee, evangelizing on the company’s behalf at my alma mater N.C. State,1 when MacOS X Public Beta was released into the wild.

A screenshot of MacOS X Public Beta (Source: Wikipedia)

That’s version 10.0.0b (code name “Kodiak”2) for any of you who are current Mac users ;)

It’s hard for people to appreciate how much the state of operating systems has advanced over the past decade if you’re not a computer geek.

But I am, so let me tell you — things have advanced. A lot.

The great folks over at Ars Technica have dusted off their review of MacOS X Public Beta from a decade ago. Even if you’re not a gearhead like me, consider giving it a read and getting a feel for how primitive things used to be in computing not so long ago :)

  1. I had to give up the gig a month later, since it’s a bit difficult to be a “Student Representative” for a company when you’re no longer a student :beatup: []
  2. MacOS X releases have since been named after big cats: 10.0 was Cheetah, 10.1 was Puma, 10.2 was Jaguar, 10.3 was Panther, 10.4 was Tiger, 10.5 was Leopard, and the current 10.6 is Snow Leopard. I’m waiting for them to use Ocelot myself :D []

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