IT technology publication InfoWorld has posted its 2002 Technology of the Year awards. Among this year’s recipients
is Apple, for its efforts with Jaguar.
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Apple gets credit for “a rapid fire sequence of updates” to address bugs and problems in Mac OS X, and for putting up with the complaints of open source advocates who claim that Apple’s not open source enough, while still maintaining a high profile in that domain. Apple is taking steps to make Mac OS X “the best regarded Unix platform on the market,” according to the review.
InfoWorld gave Apple kudos for how it’s evolving the operating system’s Unix layer, noting that Apple has made strides in making OS X source code-compatible with BSD, and “netted vast improvements” with updates to the operating system and to development tools. Those efforts have helped lead Mac OS X to becoming a supported build target for high-profile open source efforts like Apache and Mozilla.
What’s more, earlier this month Apple offered another piece in the puzzle for ardent Unix developers and advocates: Its public beta release of X11 for Mac OS X, a hardware-accelerated X Window server.
“It seems like a small thing, but hundreds of open and commercial Unix graphical applications would not run, or would run with unacceptably poor performance, under OS X. There is more work to do, but the Apple platform is here to stay,” said InfoWorld.