Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Sep 2016 17:20 UTC

The reasons some Mac lovers stick with OS 9 are practically as numerous as Apple operating systems themselves. There are some OS 9 subscribers who hold out for cost reasons. Computers are prohibitively expensive where they live, and these people would also need to spend thousands on new software licenses and updated hardware (on top of the cost of a new Mac). But many more speak of a genuine preference for OS 9. These users stick around purely because they can and because they think classic Mac OS offers a more pleasant experience than OS X. Creatives in particular speak about some of OS 9's biggest technical shortcomings in favorable terms. They aren't in love with the way one app crashing would bring down an entire system, but rather the design elements that can unfortunately lead to that scenario often better suit creative work.

If OS 9 had modern applications and - even moderately - modern hardware, I would be using it. No question. I have an iBook G3 fully working and running OS 9, including important software, within arm's grasp (I used to have an iMac G3 for the same purpose). It's difficult to explain, but the reason for me is Platinum, the user interface. OS 9's Finder, the graphical and behaviourial aspects of the user interface, the speed, the BeOS-like quirkiness - it all adds up to an operating system with a personality that is incredibly pleasant to use, regardless of the hodgepodge house-of-cards internals.

And personality is, unfortunately, what Windows, desktop Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android sorely, sorely lack.

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For me, Cmd-H did it
by arkeo on Tue 13th Sep 2016 06:48 UTC
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I was living in the US at that time, and I had one of those late CRT iMacs that could run System9 (yeah, it's not the proper name and I love it!) and OSX.
Those were the times of MS Entourage as an email client and MS IE as a web browser! Yes, I'm that old, and no, Firefox came a couple of years later into the game.
While I loved with all my soul System9 and MOST IMPORTANTLY its spatial Finder, I simply found Cmd-H to be the single most important "innovation" (please, notice the quotes). And it was GOOD. So much so that, in those months of US-based dual-booting, I gradually stopped using Classic altogether.
Cmd-Tab wasn't good enough, and its purpose was different anyway. Having both options at hand made a difference for me.
A short lived one: I didn't have enough time to fully appreciate Tiger--the first REAL OSX release--and Steve Jesus Jobs switched to Intel.
Oh, and at the time (MacWorld Boston, 1997) we were all amazed by how much BeOS was quicker than MacOS9. On the same hardware. Now we're remembering them as incredibly fast, both of them.
How bloated are these "modern" OSs, all of them...

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