[X Newbies] Interesting articles on this page

Steven Rogers srogers1 at austin.rr.com
Sat Jul 26 12:10:26 PDT 2003

On Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 12:57 PM, TheMacintoshLady wrote:

> The effort to nullify 9 with the attitude that because of the 
> introduction of a radically different system, all of a sudden 9 is a
> horrid beast that sucks is not helpful to the 75% who are still using 
> it or to those who have one foot in each world. I think the article 
> shows that while something is different, it is not necessarily better 
> in all areas.

OS X is vastly better in terms of making one's computer usable, and in 
terms of Apple's viability as a company. It is not really an issue of 
trade-offs between OS X and OS 9, so much as whether individuals are in 
a position to take advantage of the benefits of OS X.  OS 9 is an 80's 
operating system - a brilliant innovation that was very long in the 

> I often find that while I am working in X, if someone so much as goes 
> on or off the network, it makes the system hesitate, which never 
> happened on OS 9. I won't even speculate on what causes that, with 
> only two apps open, each taking up minimal RAM.

Raising a silly pseudo-issue like this to the level of a comparison 
between OS X and OS 9 just shows that while some people are torn 
between real migration issues, others are simply stuck in the past and 
resenting change itself.

And even if one were to set the facts aside and entertain the merits of 
OS 9, the point still stands that OS 9 is a dead horse. At some point, 
it becomes only an issue of nostalgia along with the merits of the 
Amiga, Osborne, Lisa, etc. If there are constructive criticisms to be 
made about OS X, they have to stand on their own rather than coming 
from a comparison between OS 9 and OS X.


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