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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Apple Mac OS X Versions named after German tanks?

9:01:00 AM Posted by Oscar Berg No comments


My former college and web development guru Robert Nyman has an interesting theory regarding the naming of Apple Mac OS X Versions...
We were sitting around a table in the beautiful Swedish archipelago, having a drink and chatting a little. Big men talk about big guns, right? So, we were discussing different German tank models. Not being just a man, but a computer geek as well, it hit me that the name of German tanks are the same as the name of OS X versions.

When I got back online, I did a quick search, and Internet being what it is, naturally I hadn’t been the only one thinking about it. In German armored vehicles and Apple Mac OS X all these are listed, but please allow me to present a short list:

Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah
Tank: Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard (Gepard in German means Cheetah in English)

Mac OS X 10.1 Puma
Tank: Sd.Kfz. 234/2 “Puma”

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
Tanks: Jaguar 1 and Jaguar 2

Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Tank: Panther

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Tanks: Tiger 1 and Tiger 2

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Tanks: Leopard 1 and Leopard 2

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Haven’t found the corresponding tank yet, but I’m sure it exists…:-)
And Robert is of course right about Snow Leopard (at least it exists as a model). If you want a model of a German Snow Leopard tank on your desk next to your Mac, you try eBay.

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