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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Thom_Holwerda
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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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malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

...instead of the inconsistent mess we have today...


Totally agree with this. IMO as software has become more complex, worked on by more people, we've ended up with UIs that are less consistent and have a whole pile of incoherent ideas thrown together. While many of the ideas are valid or even valuable, losing consistency has been a big loss. This isn't a criticism of Apple either - it seems like a general industry trend.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Platinum consistent? You kidding right?

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4065/macos9wc6.jpg

I can understand aesthetically preferences, for colors as they say there are tastes. And I do prefer "squarish" GUIs to Aqua's roundness. But just say so, do not try to justify it with an argument which is so patently false. Classic MacOS may have had a simpler GUI, but consistency was one of its main attributes. It may have looked "more consistent" when compared to the wild west of GUIs at the time.

Edited 2011-03-24 23:21 UTC

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I'm not a particular fan of Mac OS X's interface. I would've preferred a modernisation of Platinum


That was Rhapsody/Mac OS X Server 1.x... it looked awful. You also need to contend with the fact, it's just not the same OS. It was an OS with a subset of the old Classic Mac API (Carbon) and a way to emulate the rest of the OS (Classic). If you had anything to do with the ALPHA and BETA program, Aqua was a progression that was more or less made sense.

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bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

It looked awful? I still consider Rhapsody the best looking desktop system of all time. Imagine if they had actually finished the thing!

http://www.guidebookgallery.org/pics/gui/desktop/full/rhapsodydr2.p...

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