Today’s XKCD comic calls out one of the things I dig about the Apple OS X operating system: the development name of each version is a wild cat. Granted, 10.1 and 10.8 are the same cat, but it’s pretty cool. I know when 10.6, Snow Leopard, came out, it called attention to these wonderful creatures. The name is one of the reasons I haven’t moved on to 10.7. I had hoped that might be a trend as Apple gained market share.
I also really dig the geeky comic XKCD. Today, however, he seemed to underestimate the ferocity of small cats. I’ve often spoken of how the black footed cat is, pound for pound, one of the toughest predators out there. There was a fishing cat who broken into the cage of a leopard, killing it. Who would win in a fight? I don’t think the chart above is a sure thing.
That said, I have to agree with the x-axis. I really couldn’t see OS X 10.9 being called “fishing cat” or “pallas cat.” However, there are plenty of cool names out there. Some could be fun: the enterprise version of Leptailurus serval would be “Serval Server.” Caracal, ocelot, and margay are certainly candidates for cool cat names that could also raise awareness.
So come on, Apple. Could 10.9 be “Margay?”