On a personal level, I was not a fan of OS 9. It was overly complex, and lacked some extremely basic features. But, as Apple purchased NeXT, and the groundwork for what would become OS X… things changed. OS X is based off of BSD, and quite simply, get’s it right.
It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago today, Mac OS X made its official debut after several months of a paid public beta. Mac OS X v.10.0 “Cheetah” was released on March 24, 2001 for US$129. It was slow, clunky and made many users want to throw their Macs out the window, into the closest body of water or quickly scurry back to the safety of OS 9. Despite the plethora of errors, it was clear that ‘Classic’ Mac OS’s days were numbered.