July 28, 2006
A Consise Technical History of Apple OSes
Looking back at our previous posts, it may seem that I have a slight bias towards Apple history. This is correct. I'm completely fascinated by the creation and growth of this computer and company. As such, when I found the book A Technical History of Apple Operating Systems: Introduction, I was intrigued.
This is a very technical history lesson. If you're not particularly interested in reading about why particular chips were chosen, the specifications of ProDOS's filesystem, or other details like that, then this read isn't for you. However, if you ARE interested in knowing that Apple SOS was named for an engineer's daughter Sara, that Hypercard and Smalltalk came out of research from Palo Alto' XEROX Parc labs, and other neat details, then give it a read.
This is the unabridged first chapter of Amit Singh's OS X Internals, as it appeared before it was cut. Coming in at over 140 pages, it's obvious why it was trimmed (the full book is over 1600!), but it's proving to be quite interesting.
Posted by Shane Doucette at July 28, 2006 06:55 AM