"ahead of the curve on some somewhat esoteric [...] for example color management"
Esoteric for the average sysadmin using a text shell, every day issue for those working in the imaging and graphic industry, and some others.
It was color management availability one of the main features that gave Apple its stronghold in that industry. Apple introduced ColorSync in 1993, Windows matched some of the graphics capabilities soon enough, but it too took to long to include a good color management engine.
While working on a catalog software for a museum years ago, I worked with people with an astounding capability of discerning colors - and if they didn't seen on the screen or prints the "correct" ones, the software wasn't working.