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Well, the cat's out of the bag - Jobs has confirmed in his WWDC keynote speech that the first Intel-based Mac will be shipping next June, with the lineup transitioned by June 2007. The demos on stage have been on OS X running on a 3.6GHz P4.

And 10.5 will be known as "Leopard".
 
 
 
 
 
 
*nods* based on something called "NeXTStep" - aside from being really interested in this OS when I was at an IT expo in the middle east (back in 1996) I haven't heard much of it; maybe someone else can enlighten us further?
Hey, I know about NextStep. My roommate has two computers that run it, the NextCube and the NextSlab. Very cool systems. :)
It's a lovely OS. ^_^ Very low irritation factor indeed - it was company policy back at Trilobyte for everyone to have a NeXT on their desk, even if just for email and faxes, plus others as necessary for development. And FurToonia ran on a NeXTstation Turbo - red_panda.tbyte.com - from about June 1994 to December 1996. ^_^ (With, needless to say, a little red panda plushie sat atop the monitor)

OS X can be thought of as an updated NextStep (now forming the Cocoa API), plus an updated, de-crufted set of APIs from old Mac OS in the form of Carbon. At the heart, as with NextStep/OpenStep, is a Mach microkernel with a FreeBSD personality (though the way it's composed makes it more of a monolithic kernel, but without the need to compile extensions into it), with all of FreeBSD too. The display model's Quartz, with a lot owed to PDF internally, with a fairly transparent X11 interface available as an optional install. Full international support, including all fonts, are supplied, as are the (rather nice) developer tools, for Cocoa, Carbon, and Java work, with Python, Ruby, and Perl supplied as standard.

I'm sure Porsupah can since he used NeXTStep for years. I have his old NeXT cube right here, but sadly w/o keyboard or mouse at the moment! Probably the sexiest looking machine ever produced in the 90's.