The system is new not only in its new interface, called Aqua, but also at its core, which is based on the stable Unix operating system. "This is the single most anticipated release from Apple ever," proclaimed the Mac Observer, a Web site devoted to Macintosh news, late last week before the beta became available. "The eyes of the Mac world, the PC world, Wall Street and a few other places will be focused on Apple." While the stakes are high for Apple, the new operating system could have an impact on the rest of the computer world as well.
"If MacOS X is accepted," said Andreas Pfeiffer, editor of the industry newsletter The Pfeiffer Report on Emerging Trends and Technologies, "it will also help reestablish Apple as an innovator in the operating- systems space, where the company has kept a relatively low profile lately, and alongside with the continuing growth of Linux, it will contribute to the erosion of the Windows domination of the overall computing market."
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