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Jaguar on the Loose

by Derrick Story
05/10/2002

Dear Mac Reader,

I've never considered WWDC a headline event. But this year's compelling announcements made it impossible to quell my enthusiasm.

The "on again/off again" secrecy surrounding the details of Mac OS X 10.2 was indicative of an overall wave of excitement that even engulfed Apple: "I know we're not supposed to talk about this stuff, but it's way too cool to keep to myself."

At first, there weren't going too be any public details about Jaguar (10.2). Then suddenly, there was an entire Apple Web page chock full of Jaguar information. Even Steve Jobs' keynote ran the entire range of emotions from "it's safe to talk about this stuff" to "this entire talk is under NDA" to "well, you can talk about the keynote, but nothing else."

How the heck is anyone supposed to keep a secret under these circumstances?

I've been running Mac OS X 10.2 (preview copy for developers only) for a week now, and I know why folks are having such a hard time keeping their lips sealed -- it's flippin' awesome! And I'm running it on a 400 MHz Pismo. Imagine 10.2 on a new PowerBook.

So, in the spirit of semi-nondisclosure, we have lots of interesting Jaguar details for you on the Mac DevCenter. Daniel Steinberg wrote a comprehensive report from the keynote, and I published four substantial weblogs covering WWDC activities and technologies related to Mac OS X 10.2.

After spending the last week in San Jose, one thing is crystal clear: Apple is just getting warmed up. The rapid evolution of Mac OS X is going to rock the computing world. Seriously.

Until next time,

Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
derrick@oreilly.com


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