Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th May 2009 09:58 UTC
Apple Since it's weekend, which usually equates to no news, we figured we'd follow in Engadget's footsteps by asking you, our dear and loving readers, what you would change about Apple's current Mac Pro. Engadget readers already had a few things to say - this is the internet after all. And since this is OSNews, we add a question of our own: what would you change about Mac OS X?
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RE[2]: Customizable OS X
by John.Gustafsson on Sat 9th May 2009 14:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Customizable OS X"
John.Gustafsson
Member since:
2005-08-08

One thing I can't understand is why did they introduce Appearance Manager in Mac OS 8, only to drop it with Mac OS X?


Because Jobs came back, with his team as well. They brought back certain values and ideas and the old MacOS simply wasn't compatible with that. A highly customizable OS is counter to what Apple wants to achieve with OS X, and adding it would seriously break their OS to the point where it isn't a Mac system at all anymore. It would add a complexity to the OS in many ways.

I know many people, chiefly certain kinds of geeks, crave the "I want to change everything"-approach and I think the honestly are better served by Linux. It's the tinkers favorite OS after all.

Other kinds of geeks, like me, are far better served by a system like OS X. I want Apple to come up with the absolute best defaults that they can, and I will only change what I really really need to change. I often change very little on any OS I use and if you have bad defaults, then it is bad for me. I want my experience coherent and I want them to put their development money and time into giving me features which I find useful, and I want them to shy from complexity and embrace elegance through simplicity.

That said:

Mac Pro. Redo the case, it's by far and large the ugliest mac around today. Make it cool and sleek. Other than that give us a Mac, which is the Pro but with a Desktop CPU instead (iNTEL i7 or what they are called today), smaller case, normal RAM, and the option of faster GFX cards.

OS X: Resolution independence (we have waited long enough). Better use of meta-data in the filesystem (iTunes, I am looking at you! XML database? I am crying inside! And changing something in the filesystem freaking breaks iTunes. Weak!) and the finder. Introduce proper surround sound in the core OS as well as all other products.

And if I can get a little extra hardware wish. Open Air Tunes so all hardware vendors can use it. I want it in my stereo, my surround equipment, in my speakers. I want it to handle full surround and I want the ipods/iphones to have hardware support. This would make me happy.

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RE[3]: Customizable OS X
by dragossh on Sat 9th May 2009 17:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Customizable OS X"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

A highly customizable OS is counter to what Apple wants to achieve with OS X, and adding it would seriously break their OS to the point where it isn't a Mac system at all anymore. It would add a complexity to the OS in many ways.

I think letting me change the color of the window chrome or of the widgets wouldn't break OS X too much. Especially if 10.6+ doesn't use bitmaps anymore.

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