Apple postpones OS 9 lockout

— 4:15 AM on December 20, 2002

It looks like Apple has reversed a policy that would have eliminated OS 9 as an option on all new Apple computers sold starting in 2003. This wasn't just a simple matter of Apple no longer offering OS 9 pre-installed on new systems. Any new systems sold in 2003 wouldn't have been able to boot OS 9 at all.

Now it looks like OS 9's virtual execution has been stayed, at least until June of next year, which gives Apple more time to improve OS X's performance and software developers six more months to make sure they support OS X. I still don't like the idea behind preventing new Macs from booting OS 9, even with the extra six months Apple is offering up. With that kind of control over the hardware, would Apple also consider preventing various flavors of Linux from booting on new Macs?

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