Re: OT: Stable Mac OS releases, was Re: digital question #2

From: Jeff Dilcher ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 08/03/04-09:32:08 AM Z
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I am probably the lone user of desktop Linux on the list, using Gentoo.
Don't laugh- I am running Photoshop 7 on it! Linux is not without it's
own learning curve, though- not for the technologically weak of heart,
but it is getting more user friendly, and is regarded as very secure
and pretty stable.


On Tue, Aug 03, 2004 at 09:35:56AM -0500, Pam Niedermayer wrote:
> Dennis, I"ve been a Mac software developer for 19 years (and a software
> developer for 34 years). MacOS was a patched wreck waiting to happen,
> day in and day out. Its only saving grace was the interface and the fact
> that even it was superior to Windows. I've also been a user of many
> types of applications, such as graphics. Memory management, or lack
> thereof, continuously got in the way. Maybe 8.6 was the best of the
> MacOS's, I'll leave that for you to debate, I tend to prefer 9.2.n; but
> I no longer boot into MacOS.
> Pam
> Dennis Moser wrote:
> >No, she's not kidding...8.6 WAS an extremely robust and steady OS on
> >pre-Power PC Macs such as the IIci's and Quadras...but that was the
> >problem, the Power PCs were a move away from that and required
> >something of the problems was Apple maintaining
> >backwards-compatibility with all that old hardware (I still have three
> >IIci's and a Quadra 950...).
> >
> >One thing to remember is that, underneath the "hood", OS X is really a
> >UNIX operating system and they are noted for their stability (we ran a
> >IIci with NetBSD UNIX on it for a year before needing to reboot it!).
> >
> >Dennis
> >
> >Pam Niedermayer wrote:
> >
> >>You've got to be kidding! No, and I mean NO, version of Mac OS has
> >>ever been as reliable as OSX, on which I'm booted for months, not
> >>hours, without a crash, or even hint of a crash. That alone is worth
> >>the price of admission (a new Mac). Now 9.2.2 is also very good, and
> >>I'm with you on the upgrades issue (still run all the major graphics
> >>and publishing apps in 9); but....
> >>
> >>Pam
> >>
> >>Judy Seigel wrote:
> >>
> >>>...
> >>>IMO, the last good system was 8.6 -- it did everything wonderfully,
> >>>NEVER crashed, was kind and considerate and sensible. ...
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
Received on Tue Aug 3 09:32:33 2004

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