It was a long road to OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Mac OS X was first introduced as a public beta (codenamed Kodiak) in September of 2000, and beta it was - a radical departure from Mac OS 9, both in look (introducing the "Aqua" interface) and in operation. Mac OS X was built on a UNIX foundation, and was more closely related to the NextStep operating system that had been developed by NeXT, the computing company Steve Jobs founded between stints running Apple...
Last Tuesday Apple released OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the tenth generation of their modern desktop operating system. We've already published Peter Cohen's extensive OS X Mavericks review, but many of us have been using it for awhile now as well, some since the beta went live following WWDC 2013 in June. So, to bring you as many opinions as possible, we've put together a good, old-fashioned, Mobile Nations round table. Here's what all of us think of Mavericks!
It sounds like OS X Mavericks, which could launch any week now, introduces some changes to code-signing that developers will find frustrating if they're not up to speed on them. Craig Hockenberry on Furbo.org:
Apple has released the gold master (GM) seed of OS X 10.9 Mavericks to developers. That means, unless any show-stoppers are found in the build, this is the one that'll be pushed out to customers everywhere later this month.
If you're a developer, head on over to the Mac App Store and update away. If you're not a developer, hang tight, it's almost here!
OS X 10.9 Mavericks hasn't even shipped yet, but of course there'll be an OS X 10.10 after it, and of course Apple's already working on it. Mark Gurman, however, has been able to put a name to it already. 9to5Mac:
Ryan Nielsen of Tumult talks to Guy and Rene about how Debug began, Çingleton, and his time as an engineering project manager on OS X at Apple where he helped kick big cats out the door. Carefully. (Part 1 of 2.)
"Let no old yet still functional technology go to waste" is the motto of any good McGyver-class geek, which is what makes the idea of using an abandoned but still capable iPod classic as an emergency boot drive for the Mac so appealing. Chris Breen of Macworld:
Apple's iBooks is finally coming to the desktop with OS X Mavericks, but will it see you reading more from the iBook Store? iBooks has been with us since the introduction of the iPad back in 2010, and some 3 and a half years later it finally migrates across to OS X. As we've come to expect from Apple, iBooks on the Mac will integrate seamlessly with your iOS device, mirroring your position, highlights, bookmarks and such to all your devices through iCloud. It sounds great, especially for those who use the textbooks a lot, providing more screen real estate to look at them than on your iPad.
Multiple monitor support is being improved for OS X Mavericks, but just who is going to make use of it? Currently, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will allow you to use multiple monitors, but things get ugly when you go full screen on an app and all you get everywhere else is linen. So, Apple is improving on how OS X handles multiple displays with Mavericks.