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OS 9 or OS X
how many of you are still on OS 9 and why?

 3:44 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

just curious.



 4:04 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

My target audience doesn't have OS X machines. I check my sites in both OS X and 9x, but I only have a 9x on my desk for most testing.


 3:40 am on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Still at 9.2.2

was afraid of 10.0, my guru told me to wait for the bugs to get fixed, but now I think I'm gonna have to upgrade since most of the stuff I need isn't available for the older OS Gonna be a pain, too, since I've got major bucks invested in software... sigh...


 12:38 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I made the jump to X the day 10.0 arrived, because I needed Perl and Apache.

The more typical Mac users I know will switch to X only when they buy new Macs. For two of them, that means when G5 laptops arrrive. Even then, they'll probably keep running OS 9 on their older Macs for as long as the machines keep working.

The organization where I work is 95% Mac. IT installs OS 9 on the oldest machines ("black" G3 PowerBooks, mostly) but this is only about 5% of the thousand-or-so Macs here.

travelin cat

 10:03 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

we switched our machines after sys x was out for about 6 months... thought we would let other people find the bugs.

We have finally upgraded all of our software to work in X and find myself wondering how I ever worked without it, sys 9 seems very very antiquated now.

In the year and half or so that we have been using sys x, I have only had one time were I actually had to reboot the machine and that happened as I tried to do a couple of things while system 9 was starting up.

Our productivity has increased greatly by not having to wait for the computers to reboot, something that happened 3 or 4 times a day per machine on sys 9...


 10:07 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just upgraded when I bought my new laptop. My G3 desktop at home really doesn't have the specs to run OSX well, and my machine at work would need a few hundred dollars in software upgrades and RAM to make it worthwhile.

I also wasn't going near OSX until I stopped hearing about major missing functionality and random bugs. Panther seemed pretty mature and stable, and came highly recommended by a friend, so I bit the bullet and bought myself a shiny 12" PowerBook.

If my other two Macs could run it effectively, I'd upgrade them both in a heartbeat.


 10:14 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I also avoided upgrading until Panther ... and like travelin' cat, I wonder how I got along without it.

My wife's and son's old iMacs are still on 9.2.2 and it really is like another world.


 10:29 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

When I bought my eMac about 2 years ago it came with OSX, so I tried it. After two days of absolute chaos I ripped as much of it out as I could find and went back to lovely 9. A year later I decided I should try again and it was the same chaos: couldn't find anything, all familiar features gone, and I ripped it all out again. OSX is simply not a Macintosh; it's Steve Job's NEXT machine. It may be fine for people who have never used a Mac before (and I suspect Steve Jobs hadn't used one in years). Last winter I finally gave up and converted to OSX once and for all; it has been excruciating. I don't enjoy using my Mac like I used to, after six months I still can't find things on the desktop (which really isn't a desktop anymore), the file hierarchy isn't a hierarchy anymore and is profoundly anti-intuitive. In my book, OSX goes down in history with "New Coke" as a great corporate disaster. Maybe the functionality of the original Mac interface will come back with OSXV. I can only hope.


 10:29 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

We finally recieved the cheese graters at work. All the young, beautiful and smart PhotoShop jokeys are using Mac OS X.

I am still using OS 9 on a old G4 because I am an ugly stubborn old fart.


 10:40 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm still using 9. I have a collection of software that does what I need, and "if it ain't broke don't fix it". When the time comes to upgrade my laptop I'll take my head out of the sand then.


 10:47 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I switched when I bought my new Mac (came with it - not like I had a choice ;) ). At first it seemed weird and wanted OS9 back.

Last week I had reason to root around my old mac, and realised how much nicer OSX is. I hate it nowadays when I have to use a non OSX app and fire up the emulator!


 11:00 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

OSX is simply not a Macintosh; it's Steve Job's NEXT machine. It may be fine for people who have never used a Mac before

It may also be fine for people who've been using Macs since 1986. :)


 11:36 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

At work I use 9.2.2, at home it's the latest OSx, 10.3.3, but I haven't upgraded my Office Suite. (MS just came out with a new one, ya know.)

Buckworks is right. Ain't broke, don't fix it. 9.2.2 is fine.

Still, I enjoy OS X, but as far as getting work done, nah.

Question I get often is, does 9 run in the background ok, or does X get in the way of some programs. Answer: X does not get in the way. You want to spend the buck and have the horsepower on your machine, it's no risk to upgrade.


 11:24 pm on May 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

I had OS 9 but couldn't resist X, even though 10.0 was slow. However, I have no complaints about 10.3 now.

Every release seems to make my 2 year old 500mhz iBook faster! :)


 8:37 am on Jun 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm with Macguru: I am also "a stubborn old fart."

We haven't switched just because of cost. We would have to buy a new laser printer, a new scanner and a new large format, hi-res color printer.

Besides, 9 just works. And we have a ton of expensive software that isn't X native.

Now, however, our fleet of Adobe software is aging and when we get the dough for CS, we'll have to switch.

We're going to hold tight until WWDC in late June and see when "Tiger" is going to come out.


 9:43 pm on Jun 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

All of our computers made the switch and kept up with all new versions except for one. We have a printer that requires proprietary software that only runs on OS 9. So we have one lonely iMac who only runs a printer server app... <sigh> Real happy with X for each computer and our servers! :)


 3:18 pm on Jun 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm using 10.3.4 on everything (except the Linux box...gentoo 2004.1)

No problems, no complaints!



 10:39 pm on Jun 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

It may be fine for people who have never used a Mac before (and I suspect Steve Jobs hadn't used one in years).

I'm with pleeker on that one... I've been using Macs almost exclusively since 1988 when my highschool journalism class replaced their typesetting service with a Mac and a laser printer.

Digging around in OS's 7-9 with ResEdit never gave me quite the same geeky thrill as screwing up my Apache installation and playing Terminal Newbie in OSX. ;)

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