OS X Lion-O

John Brownlee has a solution to the "big cat" problem now faced by OS X's marketing team, which has run out of cool ones to use as version titles


  1. Not sure Lion- O helps. Am I really the only one whose only impression of Thundrcats was “wow this sucks”?

          1. I thought that was from the very first episode, where they are all running around naked.  They only wear clothes because the climate of their new home isn’t suitable for running around naked all the time.  In fact the authority figure guy has to explain the concept of clothes to them as I recall. 

    1. OSX Ceiling Cat would track all of your porn cookies and send them back to Apple to be audited. Who wants that?

    1. The sexiest name of all cats.  

      Seems entirely fitting for OS X, the sexiest of of all operating systems.

    1. OSX is not old enough to have a “Cougar” version yet. Besides, to be true to lfe “Cougar” would have to be “old software” on “new hardware”, not the other way around…

  2. I’ve been suggesting the same thing for a while, that after cats, it would be time to go to Thunder Cats.  I tried to do a mock-up of OS X 10.15 Snarf last year, but I couldn’t find any pictures of Snarf which were high enough resolution to use for the fur pattern on the disc and I gave up.

  3. Haha!  I was just thinking of this inevitable cat-naming problem a few minutes ago as I was updating my OS on my antiquated MacBook! 

  4. Sadly, and user interface-wise it seems Mac OSs are approaching house cat… but think about how pokemon solved their naming problem… OS X Meowth then OS X Persian OS Purugly… just make shit up. Next up: OS X Fire Lion, then liger, then Ice Liger, then OS X Shadowcat, then emerald cat, ruby cat, red, yellow and green cat, silver, diamond, the rest…

    Damn, i should start getting the trademarks on this shit
    OR they could just use other species, problem solved

    1. That’s my favorite.  Biggest and baddest, though it does carry the whiff of obsolescence…

    1. Mmmm, Hunters of Dune.  100 pages of story squeezed into 528 pages of book.

  5. If they offered OS X Sha’um I might finally think about trying it. But only if I could get a legitimate license to run it on a hackintosh.vm.

  6. What’s cooler than a mountain lion? Two mountain lions. Hence, OS X 10.9 Two Mountain Lions. 

  7. I always thought the best name would by OS Xi. The “Xi” would be the Greek letter Xi, so the OS would be pronounced “Oh Ess Zigh” or less correctly, “Oh Ess Key” or “Oh Ess Sky.” Typographically, it would be could be written as OS Xi (suggesting a Roman 11, successor to 10), OS Ξ (with the Greek letter Xi), or OS 三 (with the Chinese character for “san” meaning three, suggesting the third incarnation of Apple’s operating system). Code names for different versions would be something besides cats.

    1. That does remind me that while OS 9 lasted for all of three years, we’ve been dealing with the various OS X cats for over a decade now.  Will they ever bother with giving folks an eleven?  I mean, faster than Chrysler took between the 300L (1965) and the 300M (1999)?

  8. Is there anything cooler than your own cat? How about OS X HouseCat or OS X Tabby? I like the LOLCat idea too. 

  9. Don’t care. Apple lost me when they discontinued Rosetta and killed legacy software. I’m still limping along with a 6 year old MacBook and Snow Leopard. When it’s time to upgrade it will be to another OS, as I will have to get all new software regardless of what I buy.

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