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.

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RE: Crazy talk
by theTSF on Mon 12th Sep 2016 20:29 UTC in reply to "Crazy talk"
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Usually personality is a flaw in the system. OS 9 like Windows 9x and most of the other OS's of that time period had their personality. Because they were OS's based on 16bit single/few process running at once, which were hacked over a decade to run like modern systems, which created a lot of bugs and odd crashes based on how you used the system. Hence why Microsoft went to an NT Kernel based Windows XP and upwards. And Apple with with a BSD Unix core for OS X. This protected memory environment reduced such personality due to being designed to work beyond the cusp of failure.

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RE[2]: Crazy talk
by leech on Mon 12th Sep 2016 21:37 in reply to "RE: Crazy talk"
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It's not so much they don't have a personality, it's just they have the personality of an annoying teenager. You don't want to deal with an annoying teenager, and would rather deal with the quirky old guy that tells war stories while he feeds the pigeons.

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RE[3]: Crazy talk
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 12th Sep 2016 21:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Crazy talk"
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Eh, again, I think thats due to the effect of time on memory. Maybe older systems were newborns, completely helpless always needing your attention to do the most basic operations, and just periodically melting down for no apparent reason.

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