Leopard’s Crucial Role? Fooey!

Piper Jaffray keeps saying Vista’s going to put the crunch on Apple to step up and deliver in the OS space.

To that I say, “DUH! Do ya think?” Seriously folks… They must have spent their whole Christmas break thinking up that one.

Vista’s a fine move forward for Windows and brings some serious stuff to the PC and the inevitable patches and upgrades are going to further build on top of what Microsoft has released (and, yes, I spent my Christmas break thinking THAT one up). Things that don’t yet work like, oh, iTunes and EVDO drivers… WILL, eventually. Apple’s hoped for announcement of the release date is going to probably be accompanied by a demo of where things stand in their development cycle. I can’t see an announcement of that sort (if any is to come at all) without a show and tell. But, to think it’s the be all end all, pivot point of the success of the platform. No way Jose. Not buying that bit.

So, what DON’T we know?

  • We don’t know what the secrets are yet
  • We don’t know the ship date
  • We don’t know if FTFF has been addressed
  • We don’t know if ZFS is going to be fully supported
  • We don’t know if iChat will have VoIP
  • We don’t know terms of who will qualify for no-charge upgrades
  • We don’t know if Alex (the Voice Over voice) is going to work on Server
  • We don’t know if Mail.app will have multi-part mime mail.
  • We don’t know if torrent support will reside in the OS
  • We don’t know what shape “Illuminous” will take. If any.
  • yada, yada, yada

There’s a LOT we don’t know. What we DO know is when Leopard does eventually arrive (boxed or torrented) that it’s just the starting point. Cupertino’s going to have to build on top of, what I’m seeing so far, to be a sweet upgrade. It’s by no means a Vista killer. It’s just one more step in a long march in the road called OS Bloat.

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