#1 By: Rob Beschizza, October 22nd, 2013 14:40
#2 By: WearySky, October 22nd, 2013 15:24
I am always super excited by these announcement events... But then I realize that really? I can't justify the expense. Which makes me sad, because I really, really want to be able to justify it.
#3 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, October 22nd, 2013 15:27
#4 By: Jorpho, October 22nd, 2013 15:33
The biggest thing I am getting out of this is that there will apparently be no more operating systems named after big cats. Oh well.
"Maverick" isn't a word I would typically associate with safety and stability.
#5 By: Tavie, October 22nd, 2013 15:41
To be fair, neither is "lion".
#6 By: Jeffrey Schrab, October 22nd, 2013 15:52
The naming convention for MacOS X has changed from "cats" to "Unique locations in California dear to the hearts of Apple employees in Cupertino." Mavericks is a famous surfing location, named after dog...
So... from Cats to Dogs.
Mavericks is a surfing location in Northern California, USA. It is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from shore outside Pillar Point Harbor, just north of the town of Half Moon Bay at the village of Princeton-by-the-Sea. After a strong winter storm in the northern Pacific Ocean, waves can routinely crest at over 25 feet (7.6 m) and top out at over 80 feet (24 m). The break is caused by an unusually shaped underwater rock formation. Mavericks is a winter destination for some of the world's be...
#7 By: Tim, October 22nd, 2013 15:54
I can't either, but I'm still kind of excited because I need a Mac Pro and this might help drive down the cost of older models.
#8 By: Carsten Agger, October 22nd, 2013 16:08
I will take interest in OSX Mavericks when it comes free as in freedom, though I suspect that makes me an unliklely Apple customer.
#9 By: David Forbes, October 22nd, 2013 16:37
From the iPad announcement: "you'll have your choice of silver, white, grey and black color options".
As if any of those are colors.
#10 By: WearySky, October 22nd, 2013 16:45
And interestingly, at least on the Canadian store, only grey and silver are being shown currently.
#11 By: Halloween Jack, October 22nd, 2013 16:45
Given that the original iMac was "Bondi Blue", after Bondi Beach in Australia, very apropos.
#12 By: haineux, October 22nd, 2013 16:50
Actually, it's "silver and white" and "grey and black." And some people will be annoyed that there is no "champagne (gold)" color option.
#13 By: haineux, October 22nd, 2013 16:51
Apple participates a lot in Open Source. You probably knew that, though.
Unrelated: iLife and iWork are moving to "free as in cost"/"freemium" models, as well.
#14 By: baronmog, October 22nd, 2013 20:01
The new MacBook Pro actually has me considering an Apple product. They seem to be the only lightweight + long battery-life laptops that still provide a 16:10 aspect ratio. I've tried 16:9 displays, and it's just not enough vertical space (from a code editing perspective).
#15 By: daneel, October 22nd, 2013 20:04
Get a Chromebook Pixel! Forget 16:9, 3:2 is where it's at!
The Chromebook Pixel is a laptop at the high end of Google's Chromebook family of machines, which all use Chrome OS as their operating system. Priced at $1299 at its release on February 21, 2013, the machine featured a touch-screen with the highest pixel density of any laptop, a faster CPU than its predecessors in the Intel Core i5, 32 GB of solid-state storage, and an exterior design described by Wired as "an austere rectangular block of aluminum with subtly rounded edges." It also has a coloure...
#16 By: Thecorrectline, October 22nd, 2013 21:46
Really nice specs on the Mac. For quite a long time I've roasted Apple for the premium they charge on their unremarkable hardware. Looks like I'll have to relent at least a little bit.
#17 By: Ant Dude, October 22nd, 2013 21:54
Same for the other big cats.
#18 By: Carsten Agger, October 23rd, 2013 02:24
I still think "free as in cost" is too high a price to pay. I'll pay good money for the privilege of using software that's free as in freedom, but luck has it I don't have to.
#19 By: toyg, October 23rd, 2013 08:51
It's not Maverick, it's "Mavericks" as in the California surfing location. They've switched to California locations. I think it was Ars Technica that suggested the name might have been picked as an in-joke on the release "conservative" stance, at at time when its iOS sibling is making a big transition -- like when they named Cheetah (fastest big cat) the slowest OSX release of the bunch.
#20 By: toyg, October 23rd, 2013 09:00
How exactly? I only know of WebKit (when they sort of ripped off KHTML, and then re-released the code mostly because they were bound by the license) and the Darwin kernel (which is a bit pointless, without the graphic libs). I'm sure there are more projects they're involved in, I just don't know them; do you know any?
As an old Linux user who moved to OSX a couple of years ago, I can thank them for their choice of kernel making it easier for the FOSS community to work with good hardware running a POSIX system, but I don't see them as big movers in that space.
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