Goodbye Symantec

October 30, 2003 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Mac users have always had a love/hate relationship with Symantec. Long-time Mac veterans remember the mid 1990s when Symantec bought out many Mac utility companies. One of them was Peter Norton Computing. Once they got their slimy hands on Norton Utilties, they dropped all their other products (anyone remember SUM – Symantec Utilities for Macintosh?).

I have to admit, under Classic MacOS, Norton Utilities was pretty good, and I paid for many upgrades since Version 3. When OS X came out, I had been using Linux for a few years and knew that BSD had the filesystem and robust utilities that made Norton obsolete; I have never bought any OS X software from Symantec. However, disk defragmentation and optmization was not in BSD/Darwin; it really isn’t necessary, but many Mac users have been conditioned to think that running something like Norton Speed Disk would help improve performance.

With Panther, it appears that a form of disk optimization is built into the system for files less than 20 Megs. This is good news for most users (since most files are less than 20 Mb unless you’re doing video or high end Photoshop work).

Let me say it again – goodbye Symantec, and good riddance!

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