[PLUG] Next Version of Mac OS X to use Linux Kernel
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Mon Apr 2 23:32:55 IST 2007
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Next Version of Mac OS X to use Linux Kernel
by Winona Foryears, Computer Purchaser News
April 1, 2007
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs announced on Friday that the next version of Mac OS
X, named 'Margay' will use the Linux kernel.
At a press conference at the famous Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York,
Jobs told reporters that the change marked a radical shift on how the iconic
operating system would work. "OS X is getting a bit too user friendly,"
remarked Jobs, wearing his trademark black turtleneck - now with a penguin
logo visible on the upper right, "and we need to snap our Mac users out of
their complacency. Hardware may now need a little tweaking at first. They
will find this a bit more challenging but I think challenge is good." Jobs
commented on what he saw as a plus for Linux users. "For all of you Linux
geeks - some good news - your iPods will work right out of the box now."
Linus Torvalds, who has been using Mac hardware himself for some time, though
not Apple's operating system, explained that the switch means that Mac OS X
will become, essentially, another Linux distribution. "Mac OS X will now be a
Linux distro and I intend on using it. It will go well with my hardware",
remarked the Finnish programmer.
When asked for comment, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed that he was
not happy with Apple's move. "Ubuntu has been the top rated distro at
Distrowatch.com for years. Now Mac OS X will take its place and I don't think
it's fair. We've paid our dues - they haven't." Asked if his own popularity
within the community would be eclipsed by Jobs', Shuttleworth remarked: "I've
traveled in space in a rocket ship. I'd like to see Jobs top that."
As to whether the internal names of the operating system would change from
being based on felines to being based on types of penguins, Jobs had this to
say: "No, we're sticking with the cat names. This one is still going to be
called 'Margay'. We've done an algorithmic study and eventually, after going
through names like 'Cheetah, Puma, etc, we'd get to 'Margay' sometime around
2057. Well, I don't like that name, so I figured we'd use it early and get
rid of it. The alternative was 'Sabre Toothed Tiger', but of course, that's a
dead, extinct cat and plus it contains the word 'Tiger', which we've already
Jobs added that the new Linux-based Mac OS X 'Margay' would be available at
Apple Store locations across the world on June 31. When asked if Apple would
be making the operating system available as a free download, Jobs, made a
gesture and replied: "Download this!"
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