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: Nonsense
by LaceySnr on Tue 13th Sep 2016 02:18 UTC in reply to "Nonsense"
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I don't think it's down to the software, but the design.

OS 9 has more quirky test prompts and the like in comparison to the latest macOS, and things like the sounds while scrolling really do make for a very different feel.

I say this as someone who disliked OS 9 and it's predecessors back in that period, I used Windows, Slackware and BeOS and it wasn't until the release of OS X that a Mac appealed to me (not that I could afford one!).

I recently picked up an iMac G3 and an eMac on eBay for $10 just to repair and sell them. The G3 is running OS 9 and the eMac runs a version of OS X that feels faster than my MacBook Pro, though I think that's down to some nice screen refresh rates.

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