Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Mar 2011 17:24 UTC
Mac OS X Ten years ago, to the day. March 24, 2001, the first official released version of Mac OS X went on sale, for USD 129. It was a massive step up and a massive step down from MacOS 9 at the same time - technically way more advanced, but clearly still in its infancy and pretty much unusable. Kernel panics, crashes, incredibly slow, and lacking many key features. It was so bad, in fact, that Mac OS X 10.1 was released as a free upgrade. Of course, we geeks know that Mac OS X is technically a lot older, but alas, let's just celebrate these 10 years. Maybe Lion will finally bring a usable non-crashing Finder!
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Wow!
by Drumhellar on Thu 24th Mar 2011 18:45 UTC
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

Ten years ago, I thought, "Wow! I gotta get a Mac! I want I want I want!" Back then, I was using Linux as much as I was using Windows.

Ten years later, I use almost exclusively Windows. I have a soft spot for FreeBSD, but my cheap-o laptop has severe graphics problems with the free ATI drivers, and fglrx is only available for Linux.

I did recently install Leopard and got it running, but my network adapters don't work, so it's kinda pointless.

I still want a Mac, but I wouldn't be surprised if I never own one.

EDIT: Umm... forgot to proofread.

Edited 2011-03-24 18:46 UTC

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Swift kick in the butt for themes
by joekiser on Thu 24th Mar 2011 20:01 in reply to "Wow!"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Yeah, I remember seeing that one screenshot that introduced the Aqua interface. It showed transparency with menus and dialog boxes, and the blue scrollbars or whatever, and it was so ridiculously cool.

http://www.coolmacintosh.com/macos.jpg

Suddenly everyone wanted their computer to look like that...about every other theme on Gnome-look or Mozilla (the seamonkey kind) became a ripoff of the new interface. This got to the point that Apple responded with a bunch of cease and desist letters to people providing Aqua themes. Even Microsoft trashed their Whistler theme for the now famous fisher-price interface on XP, which I thought was a knee-jerk response. They promised everyone that XP would have a fully skinnable interface (ten years later we have a whopping three themes that were ever released without needing a hacked Uxtheme.dll file).

It also lead to a pretty big discussion about why XFree86 couldn't pull off the transparency and stuff. In those days, it was difficult to even have your XFree86 support Truetype fonts much less anti-aliasing and transparency. It took a couple of years, but eventually we got xcompmgr and later, Compiz-Fusion to provide cool graphics effects. But I still think it all started with what OSX was doing at the time.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm not a particular fan of Mac OS X's interface. I would've preferred a modernisation of Platinum, instead of the inconsistent mess we have today... I can use Mac OS X, but it doesn't endear itself as much as Platinum did.

http://toastytech.com/guis/macos9about.png

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RE: Wow!
by helf on Thu 24th Mar 2011 21:20 in reply to "Wow!"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

heh, I just bought my first mac the other day. a 11" mba. Its awesome.

I've owned macs in the past, but they were all hand-me-downs.

I love it so far.

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RE[2]: Wow!
by mrstep on Thu 24th Mar 2011 21:31 in reply to "RE: Wow!"
mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

I got one up recently as well - agreed, fantastic machine. Silent, fast, (enough - not a quad-core i7 MBP, but...), full keyboard, good screen res, and so perfectly portable. It's the laptop I've been looking for for the past 15 years.

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RE: Wow!
by marblesbot on Thu 24th Mar 2011 23:30 in reply to "Wow!"
marblesbot Member since:
2009-12-25

I TOTALLY wanted a Mac back then! I was so in love with the UI. My Windows XP desktop still has an OSX theme! I even fell for all the fanboy bragging of the stability and usability of Macs. Until I was forced to use them. So, I guess they ARE very easy to use, but, I can get those suckers to crash in minutes, multiple times a day. Of course, if that's your goal, you will succeed. That aside, I don't know if the OSX UI was revolutionary, but the hardware that it was installed on forced x86 hardware makers to make their product better looking. That's what I believe, anyway.

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RE[2]: Wow!
by iinlane on Fri 25th Mar 2011 11:22 in reply to "RE: Wow!"
iinlane Member since:
2010-09-17

It was quite revolutionary. For example it took 7+ years for Microsoft to copy the pdf display model (Avalon, WPF) that allowed all kinds of effects. I think the first release of the WPF is actually the reason Vista sucked so much at first.

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