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Posted on 02/26/2010 4:51:59 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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Sept 1, 2002
The Open Group, San Francisco, is launching an effort to define requirements for the next generation of the UNIX certification program. The UNIX Certification program defines the criteria for products to be registered as UNIX systems, hence be awarded the right to use the UNIX trademark. These criteria have not been revised since 1997.
The criteria include the definition of "Product Standards," which provide the conformance requirements drawn from the Single UNIX specification and other referenced specifications, and also define the testing requirements.
The updated program is expected to be launched during 2003, and builds on the foundations of Version 3 of the Single UNIX Specification, the core of which was developed by the Austin Group and is jointly both an Open Group Technical Standard and IEEE Std 1003.1-2001. To participate in the development effort, contact Andrew Josey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The development of updated certification criteria is part of our members' continuing mission to maintain the value of the UNIX trademark, which The Open Group holds in trust for the industry," noted Allen Brown, president and CEO of The Open Group. "The result will be an updated vendor- and technology- neutral definition of the requirements for a UNIX system, administered through a fair, independent and thorough certification and backed up by well proven testing."
About the UNIX System
More information on the UNIX System, the UNIX Certification Program, and the online html version of the Single UNIX Specification, can be obtained from the official web site at http://www.UNIX-systems.org.
About The Open Group
The Open Group, a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, has a vision of Boundaryless Information Flow achieved through global interoperability in a secure, reliable and timely manner. The Open Group's mission is to drive the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow by working with customers to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies, and share best practices; working with suppliers, consortia and standards bodies to develop consensus and facilitate interoperability, to evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; offering a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and developing and operating the industry's premier certification service and encouraging procurement of certified products.
For more information, visit http://www.opengroup.org.
“It's got electrolytes! It's what plants crave!”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Open Group is an industry consortium to set vendor- and technology-neutral open standards for computing infrastructure. It was formed when X/Open merged with the Open Software Foundation in 1996. The Open Group is most famous as the certifying body for the UNIX trademark, in the past the group was best known for its publication of the Single UNIX Specification paper, which extends the POSIX standards and is the official definition of UNIX. Their members include a range of IT buyers and vendors as well as government agencies, for example Capgemini, Fujitsu, Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, US Department of Defense, NASA and others.
The Open Group's best-known services are their certification programs, including certification for the Common Operating Environment (COE) Platform, CORBA, Directory, POSIX, Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), UNIX, and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The Open Group is also the owner of the UNIX trademark.
The Open Group has also turned to the standardization of business and development practices and offers certifications for IT professionals. In addition to the TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) certification program, The Open Group sponsors the IT Architect Certification (ITAC)  and IT Specialist Certification (ITSC)  skills and experience based IT certification programs.
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I’ve been a UNIX user since the SunOS days and VAX before that. Apple doesn’t impress me.
Perfect. A wooden lightning rod.
“Perfect. A wooden lightning rod.”
He’s always been insulated from reality.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
iLife is a suite of software applications developed by Apple for organizing, editing, and publishing photos, movies, and music. The suite comprises five applications: iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb, all of which run on the Mac OS X operating system. The latest release, iLife '09, was announced on January 6, 2009, and is included with new Mac computers as well as sold standalone.
iMovie is the oldest of the applications included with iLife. It was marketed by Apple as an easy-to-use video editing application that allowed novice users to quickly create professional-quality movies. The first version of the software was released in October 1999 and bundled with the iMac DV. On April 28, 2000, Apple began allowing users to download iMovie free of charge from its website. iMovie remained free until 2003, when it became part of the first iLife release, which was sold for $49. Apple continued to update and develop the existing iMovie software until the release of iLife '08 in 2007, when a new version, iMovie '08, was released. iMovie '08 was completely rewritten as a new application and introduced significant changes to the user interface.
iPhoto was the second application in iLife that began as a free application available for download from Apple's website. The first version was announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2002. It was billed as being the "missing link" in photography. In addition to allowing users to import, organize, and perform basic edits on their photos, iPhoto also let users print photos in a variety of ways, including as a bound book. Subsequent versions of iPhoto have added a number of features, including automatic organization by events, faces (using facial recognition), and places, full-screen editing, and Photocasting (a way to share photos with others directly from within iPhoto).
iDVD was first announced on January 9, 2001. It was bundled with the PowerMac G4, which contained a SuperDrive that read and wrote both CDs and DVDs. The first version of iDVD introduced a simple way to design customized DVDs with menus, backdrops, slideshows and home movies that could be played back on most DVD players. iDVD was never released as a download as both iMovie and iPhoto were. It was bundled with the first version of iLife released in 2003 and is currently included with all new Mac computers.
The remaining two applications in the iLife suite were first introduced as part of iLife '04 and iLife '06, respectively. Released in 2004, The first version of GarageBand was designed as an easy way for both beginner and advanced musicians to create and edit music on their Mac computers. iWeb was introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 10, 2006 and was touted as a way for users to create websites without having to know or write HTML or any other code.
And he's going to burn for it when he takes a hit, and could take the house down with him.
Mac OS X recognised as true Unix by standards group
by Jonny Evans
Apple's latest operating system, Leopard, has been declared a true breed of Unix by The Open Group.
The group is a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium that focuses on open standards and global interoperability.
It yesterday confirmed both Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS X Server Leopard to have been awarded a certificate of conformance to the Unix 03 standard.
That certification mark confirms Apple's system meets the requirements of the latest Unix product standard developed by The Open Group Platform Forum for the Single Unix Specification version 3.
This is significant as Mac OS X is the first major operating system derived from the open source BSD base of historical Unix products to meet the certification requirements.
Operating systems that support the specification offer a set of standard interfaces allowing the rich catalogue of back office and other Unix applications to be easily ported between Unix-supporting systems.
"For over 10 years, the Single Unix Specification has consistently provided both scalability and stability to end users - one hallmark of a tried and true technology standard," said Allen Brown, Open Group president and CEO.
"Operating platforms conforming to the Unix 03 standard assures enterprises with industrial strength products, as well as an opportunity to avoid limited choice in vendor partnership. In achieving Unix 03 certification, Apple has shown true commitment to its customers in providing open solutions that are warranted and fully supported."
>”At some point one must separate the art from the artist.”
A very valid point, and a lesson learned on my part.
>”Especially when there is no non-leftist alternative, “
Agreed, especially since there really seems to be no good guy/bad guy in the mix.
I guess I may just harbor some ill feelings from when Apple was just starting out and you had to buy, Apple software, and apple printers, and apple monitors, and apple this and that and etc etc etc., It was VERY proprietary. I actually was cheering apple on in the hopes they would become more like the IBM compats. Release the programming information so 3rd parties could build products. Allow others the info so YOU can prosper. They didn’t and Apple STILL only holds a very small (correct me if I’m wrong) 5% market share. I don’t know, has that gone up any?
Anyway, to make a long story short, I have no love for someone who says, it’s ALL mine and nobody can have any of it (which is what Jobs did). He found out (the hard way) that’s not the way to go about it.
By the way, as to market share, if you count dollars rather than units, Apple has a much more impressive recent retail share: >50% of personal computers costing more than $1k for several quarters now. That’s because it declines to sell cheap crap. You also get a superior support experience. Let me assure you, talking with a trained and cogent technician face-to-face at the Apple Store beats spending hours on the phone to Bangalore with some incomprehensible, script-reading troll any day.
From Wikipedia:. . . so OS X partakes of BSD Unix. That's all I meant.
Mac OS X is based upon the Mach kernel. Certain parts from FreeBSD's and NetBSD's implementation of Unix were incorporated in Nextstep, the core of Mac OS X.
So I take it you would rather funnel your money to MS, a company that is every bit as liberal and crazy (including giving $billions to the most liberal of causes - including the global warming freaks) as Gore.
Sorry, but if one is using Windows, you are supporting radically leftist "causes" too...
Thanks for posting that!!!! Kind of eye-opening, isn’t it... who would have thunk it...???
LOL! Yea, because when I think "tech savvy" Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove immediately come to mind.
Well, if "tech savvy" was Apple's primary market... they would be out of business... Apple sells to American public (plus other countries, too)... and that's what keeps them in business ... :-)
The really nice thing about that, is that Apple seems to know how to sell to the American public, make a big success out of it and still sell to the tech savvy geeks who like UNIX and Windows on their systems (why anyone would want Windows, I have no idea...).
Those geeks can have UNIX, with the Mac OS X user interface too, and be running Windows, right alongside of it -- thereby running 100% of the software that is out there on the market.
You should see it... be running Windows (can't even see it running actually), pop open a Windows application and have all those other Mac programs running right alongside it... and it never misses a beat... LOL...
Thought this was interesting...
Microsoft’s most recent reported quarterly profit was $6.7 billion on revenues of $19.02 billion.
Apple’s most recent reported quarterly profit was $3.38 billion on revenues of $15.68 billion.
Considering that Microsoft is almost exclusively a software provider, is thought of as this great computer colossus, and should have great margins, and Apple is portrayed as a niche provider and is primarily a hardware company, and hardware traditionally has horrible margins, those numbers are very telling.
Microsoft, which should have HUGE net profits, is at 35% net. Apple, if it were like Dell or HP, should have very small net profits, is at 21.5%.
Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm...