Executive Summary

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-10-07 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: Mac OS X 10.2"> Executive Summary: Mac OS X 10.2

Usability Good
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Apples OS X 10.2 shows how slick a Unix-based desktop can be, effectively incorporating often awkwardly implemented technologies such as Samba within an effective interface. OS X should have some IT administrators countenancing a Mac presence in their enterprise, and many more wishing that OS X ran on the x86 hardware thats ubiquitous in these environments.

COST ANALYSIS

OS X 10.2 sells for $129, even for users upgrading from previous versions. Companies considering a new OS X deployment must also figure in the cost of Apple hardware.

(+) Quartz Extreme delivers interface speed gains; easy-to-use interface, particularly for file sharing and printing.

(-) Runs only on Apple hardware; interface elements, such as visual effects, are less configurable than wed like.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP Professional
  • SuSE Linux AGs SuSE Linux 8.0
  • Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Linux 8.0
  • www.apple.com



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    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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