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.

Permalink for comment 634315
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Comment by calden
by arkeo on Wed 14th Sep 2016 08:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by calden"
Member since:

Comment by my righteous self:
I could CONSISTENTLY bring down OS X (Tiger, I believe) just by plugging/unpluggindg harman/kardon sound sticks. The USB stack, supposedly in Userland, managed to freeze the whole fucking system.

In OS9 hitting Cmd-S had always been a safe practice.

Something we hoped X didn't need. WE WERE WRONG!

Up until much later (my favourite is 10.6) System 10 was miserable and ridiculous.

I have nothing but disdain for NeXT, Rhapsody, SGI, Linux (in all its flavors) AND Android. Oh, and OS X, in each iteration.

Get over with it buddy, old OSs sometimes offer better value for € 0 than all this modern crap.

And I'm gonna eat my own dogfood too: allow me 6 months and you'll see.

Reply Parent Score: 1