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Multicore Processing Part 3

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Issue: 14.3 (May/June 2016)
Author: Markus Winter
Author Bio: Markus is a Molecular Biologist who taught himself REALbasic programming in 2003 to let the computer deal with some exceedingly tedious lab tasks. Some call it lazy, he thinks it smart. He still thinks of himself as an advanced beginner at best.
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If I should compare and contrast the three major operating systems in one sentence it would be this:

  • Macs are about simplicity

  • Linux is about choice

  • Windows is about compatibility

If I elaborate, it would sound like this:

Apple has always aimed at making the computer simple to use, making its power easily accessible (famously Mac users don't read manuals). While therefore some liked to call Macs "toys," Apple's all-in-one approach of controlling software and hardware enabled them to build a reputation for elegant simplicity and stability: "It just works." But Macs have also always pushed at the cutting edge of technology, and not just design-wise. They were the first to incorporate networking, optical drives, FireWire, Thunderbolt, etc.. But the cutting edge often became the bleeding edge when Apple was also first in line to jettison established technologies like floppy drives, optical drives, and FireWire. And their switch from an 18-month to a 12-month release cycle for major system updates (since the release of 10.7 Lion in 2011) seems to have had a detrimental effect on that vaunted stability, as several high-profile bugs demonstrated lately.

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