Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Apr 2005 07:05 UTC
Mac OS X OSNews reviews Apple's latest OS upgrade. Is it an overpriced, glorified point release or a truly worthy upgrade with major new functionality? Is it a Longhorn killer or just more of the same? We'll take a look, and try to see what's on the surface as well as what's under the hood.
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RE: About the review amd a note to zealots
by Henrik Mikael Kristensen on Thu 28th Apr 2005 12:16 UTC

While I realise that Linux is not for anyone just yet, and must confess that the corresponding features of OSX are nicely integrated on a pretty packaged desktop, isn't it frustrating to have to pay so much for upgrades and "prittification" (sorry for the spelling there)?

You forget the factor of "Just Works". I admire the efforts of for example the Ubuntu Linux community (I run two PC's both with Ubuntu), but in no way is Linux near the Just Works factor of OSX.
You never need to mess with sound or video to get it working, or USB/firewire devices. You can switch resolution on the fly, connect multiple monitors without a hitch. No fiddling.
There are way too many holes in the structural design of Gnome, KDE and others and too much micro management to get things working correctly. Hopefully this will be solved over the coming years, but currently OSX is the king in this.
There is also the issue of coherency where OSX ranks very high. Integrated addressbook with mail and calendar, mark up some text and ask OSX to read it out loud, spellchecking everywhere and the window manager which integrates with Quartz Extreme, Core Image and Core Video beautifully.
The guys are still only experimenting with early test software for what OSX has had since 2003.

After starting to use OSX, I still run into little features and details almost a year later (cmd-tab for example does much more than the Windows equivalent of application switching). Litterally hundreds of little things that are only possible due to the strong integration of everything.

I think it's worth the money. You get a boatload of throughtfully crafted software for 129$.