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Mac OS X Leopard Phrasebook by Brian Tiemann

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Chapter . Introduction

When then-Apple-CEO Gil Amelio announced in 1997 that the company had bought NeXT and that Steve Jobs, Apple’s erstwhile founder and visionary, would be returning, many die-hard Macintosh fans were horrified. Apple was not in good shape at the time, and the purchase of NeXT almost certainly meant that the beloved but creaky old Mac OS would be replaced by something new: the rock-solid but rather schizophrenic NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP operating system developed at Jobs’s company. This operating system was based on Unix and aimed at high-powered professional workstation users, not the novices and creative pros who traditionally used Macs. To many, then, the absorption of NeXT meant the imminent end of the era of the Macintosh as ...

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