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Mac OS Software Codenames


System 6

  • MultiFinder: Juggler, Oggler, Twitcher (variant of Switcher?)
  • System 6.04: Antares
  • System 6.05: Big Deal
  • System 6.06: SixPack
  • System 6.08: Terminator (it terminated the System 6 era)

System 7

  • Finder 7.0: Furnishings 2000 (a defunct San Francisco Bay Area furniture store)
  • System 7: Blue (System 7 programmers were called "blue meanies"), Big Bang, M80 (a powerful firecracker), Pleiades
  • System 7 Tune-Up: 7-Up
  • System 7.01: Road Warrior (used in first PowerBooks), Beta Cheese
  • System 7.1: Cube-E, I Tripoli (both because the project was to conform to IEEE standards)
  • System 7.1 Pro: Jirocho
  • System 7.5: Mozart, Capone (Apple hoped that like the gangster, "Capone" would rule over "Chicago", the code name for Windows 95)
  • System 7.5 Update 1.0: Danook (from Gary Larson's Far Side cartoon)
  • System 7.5 Update 2.0: Thag (also from Gary Larson's Far Side cartoon)
  • System 7.5.2: Marconi (named after Guglielmo Marconi, 19th century Italian engineer)
  • System 7.5.3: Unity (it united all the patches and special software of all models into one update)
  • System 7.5.3 Revision 1: Buster (CEO Gil Amelio's high school nickname, used often in later Mac OS versions)
  • System 7.53 Revision 2: Son of Buster
  • Mac OS 7.6: Harmony
  • Mac OS 7.61: Ides of Buster

Mac OS 8

  • Mac OS 8: Tempo
  • Mac OS 8.1: Bride of Buster
  • Mac OS 8.5: Allegro, Scimitar (beta version)
  • Mac OS 8.6: Veronica
  • Mac OS 8.7 or Mac OS 9: Sonata

Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X Server: Rhapsody
  • Mac OS X Server DR2: Titan
  • Atlas - developer release of Mac OS X Server
  • Hera - developer release of Mac OS X Server base OS
  • Mac OS X Server 1.0: Mac OS Enterprise ("Enterprise" is also the name of Apple's NeXT division)
  • Mac OS X: Cyan (a different "shade" of the Blue Box), Siam (like Siamese twins, Mac OS and Rhapsody will be joined)
  • Mac OS X - BlueBox (Mac Emulation Layer for legacy Apps)
  • Mac OS X - Mac API's: Carbon (all Mac life will be based on it) - updated subset / superset of MacAPI's
  • Mac OS X - Boxless (transparent) BlueBox - Ivory

Other OS Projects

  • Mac OS for Intel: Star Trek (probably because the Mac OS is boldly going where it has never gone before)
  • Follow on to Mac OS for Intel: TNG (for Star Trek the Next Generation)
  • Apple/IBM object-oriented OS: Defiant, Pink -- released by IBM as CommonPoint
  • first System 8: Copland (named after Aaron Copland, musician), Maxwell (internal code name)
  • First System 9: Gershwin (named after George Gershwin, musician)
  • Copland Interface Project: MUSE (for Maxwell USer Experience)
  • CHRP compliant Mac OS 8: Orient Express


Created: 08/03/98
Updated: 11/09/02


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