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2.1. How Did We Get Here?

Pre-OS X Macintosh machines were, of course, revolutionary: a computer for "the rest of us." However, there was one thing they lacked in comparison to their DOS and Windows-running brethren—manageability. As computers populated businesses more and more, the ability to control the end-user experience helped DOS and Windows machines win the spot on business users' desks. Remember that the Macintosh had no lack of word processors, and Microsoft Excel showed up first on the Mac.

Typically, this manageability came in the form of DOS batch scripts that ran on machine startup, or at network login (the then-popular Novell NetWare allowed a central login script to run when a user successfully authenticated). Any Macintosh machines—usually located in an art department—were adrift and often required a dedicated admin. Naturally, businesses didn't like that too much.


  

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