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Big on Macs

It's refreshing to see an article about OS X. But why does DeMaria keep talking about System 7? I haven't had System 7 installed on any device for at least five years--and Apple announced last year that it would be discontinuing support for System 9.

System 9 is still around because a lot of video and graphics shops invested heavily in SCSI devices and the software that supports them. There are still AppleTalk printers around as well--we have an Apple LaserWriter 16/600PS, but it runs fine on the network and is available to every machine on the LAN running OS X.

As for the G5 RISC chip, it has a lot of headroom and is a true 64-bit architecture, unlike Intel's mature x86 CISC designs. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) will have full 64-bit capability.

Daniel Reiss
President and CEO
Automated Terminal Systems
[email protected]

Michael DeMaria replies: Thanks for writing, Daniel and Chad. I was surprised initially at how easily I got Mac OS X 10.3 to work with Windows systems, especially after the bad experiences with 10.1 and the native Windows file-sharing protocol SMB (Server Message Block).

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