Happy Ninth Birthday Mac OS X

It really wasn’t that long ago when Apple introduced Mac OS X – in fact it shipped nine years ago today.

“Mac OS X is the most important software from Apple since the original Macintosh operating system in 1984 that revolutionized the entire industry,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for Mac users around the globe to experience its stability, power and elegance.”

Also interesting to note the list of developers Apple trotted out in support of the release – where are they now?

“4D, Aladdin Systems, Alias/Wavefront, Avid, Connectix, Dantz, Digidesign, EarthLink, FileMaker, IBM, Macromedia, Microsoft, MYOB, Palm, Sun, Symantec, and Thursby Software Systems.”

Anyway, take a moment to reflect on the original press release over here.

Here’s a list of the names and subsequent release dates for all the versions thus far.

10.0 Cheetah — March 24, 2001
10.1 Puma — September 25, 2001
10.2 Jaguar — August 24, 2002
10.3 Panther — October 24, 2003
10.4 Tiger — April 29, 2005
10.4 Intel Tiger — January 10, 2006
10.5 Leopard — October 26, 2007
10.6 Snow Leopard — August 28, 2009

Visit here for even more deets and specs and so on…

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