ivanivanovich wrote:Ah, well ... really? I sure didn't like it 20 years ago. If I remember right, that was System 6 on a Portable.
"Enormous" is relative, I guess. On the desktop, OS X is enormous compared to Plan 9, but not so enormous relative to Windows.
In the server closet, real-time processing, kiosks, supercomputers, embedded non-phone systems ... Apple just doesn't have a horse in those races.
And in the phone race, calling iOS enormous is just wacky. Apple has shipped around 100 million iPhones, probably, and is being outsold by Android. Nokia, between its Symbian and Series 40 operating systems, has shipped a total of 2 billion phones.
1: Apple had already shipped 100,000,000 iOS devices *years* ago. They are now up to about 222,000,000 iOS devices shipped. Play with numbers all you want, but that is in fact an enormous ecosystem.
2: OS X does in fact, have an enormous following; in the tech, bio, defense, and university sectors. Apple has put more unix devices into the public's hands than any other distributor so far.
3: Apple Mac Minis are used *all the time* in server rooms, kiosks, and other non-consumer type places. Where are you coming up with these false assertions? Mac Mini is probably the most common special purpose machine in offices, retail, and entertainment. They are used to run video conferencing, in store sound systems, plenty of kiosks, heck we have one in the office that acts as our continuous integration server.
4: Nokia? Really? That's your argument? That's two-billion phones with no app store, slow as molasses OS, and most of those two-billion phones are so dated now they have almost looped all the way back into 'retro chic'. Nokia is dying in this space, which is why they were desperate enough to team up with another dying giant, Microsoft.
5: Supercomputers? lol. You watch too much TV, man. I've worked in the valley for almost twenty years now, and not once have I ever seen a "super computer", except for an old CRAY in the Tech Museum in Mountain View. You realize a "super computer" these days just means "a couple of racks in a datacenter", right? OS X comes with very easy and powerful clustering options by default. I'm sure you could very easily build a "supercomputer" with a room full of Mac Pros and a couple of switches.
Hate on Apple all you want, but they have taken over both the world wide consumer *and* professional tech industries, by becoming the largest tech company in the world (soon the largest company in the country), and being the computer hardware and software vendor of choice for the likes of Facebook, Google, Twitter, DropBox, Juniper, and countless other huge to tiny tech companies in this valley.