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Happy Birthday Mac OS X


By Louis Trapani - Posted on 24 March 2010

Nine years ago today, on March 24, 2001 we saw the release of the ground breaking, game changing Mac OS X by Apple. The operating system would change the way we use our Macs and it would 'inspire' other operating systems. It was a complete new operating system built from the ground up, very drastic from the previous Mac OS 9 (System 9) before it.

Since it was a brand new OS really, in some ways it was not as mature as the previous OS it was replacing. Though that statement alone would be selling it short. In most ways it was lightyears ahead of the previous OS. It paved the way for the future of the Mac. Over the last 9 years, the Mac OS has matured.

When it debuted nine years ago, with its 'Aqua' interface which was 'lickable' (I think a term that Steve Jobs may have coined, if I recall correctly now), bares little resemblance to what we see today in Mac OS 10.6 - Snow Leopard. Though there are still elements of Aqua that remain with it today.

Pictured here is a photograph of the Mac OS 10.4 "Tiger" packaging which was released in 2005.

Happy Birthday, Mac OS X!

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