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Mac OS X: Happy Eleventeenth Birthday

23 March 2012 1,403 views 2 Comments

A bear and eight cats. Hmm, makes you wonder whether Apple’s Unix-based Mac operating system is running out of lives? ‘Twas eleven years ago on Saturday, March 24 that OS X 10.0 Cheetah was delivered unto a highly expectant world. The iPod wasn’t yet born and Apple’s future was often, even more so than now, called in question, yet the release of OS X, as well as iTunes and iPod, made 2001 one of the most important in Apple’s storied history.

These products were and are the foundations of today’s blockbusters, including both the iPhone and iPad, which run variants of OS X and are managed via iTunes.

OS X’ animal lineage runs Kodiak, Cheetah, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion — one more cat and Apple’s Mac operating system will have had nine feline lives. Something to ponder perhaps.

Of these, Jaguar and Snow Leopard stand out most in my Mac memory, while Tiger elicits more than a few fond remembrances, as well. What was your favorite version of OS X?

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