[Lvlug] macos 10.4
rjbs-lvlug at lists.manxome.org
Tue Jun 29 07:54:55 EDT 2004
* "Dann S. Washko" <dann at thelinuxlink.net> [2004-06-29T02:14:23]
> My only gripe with Tiger, and Panther before it is the cost. Apple
> keeps pumping out a new version of their OS each year at over $100 bucks
> a pop to keep up to date. I don't see why there is not so much of a
> complaint from the tech community who is always harping on MS and their
> new releases.
Basically, I think it's because Mac fanboys, me included, think that the
updates are worth the pricetag. iChat AV sold for $30, and I would've
paid it. Expose and the new Mail were worth a few bucks. And if you
don't upgrade, most applications are still going to run just fine.
> So far we've been pretty safe as most new software for OS X these days
> requires Jaguar or better, and that is two years old now. I guess by
> next year we will see requirements of Panther or better.
Also, Apple has said that after Tiger, they'll slow down; the current
pace, they say, has been hell on them.
> Now I will agree that I have not been keeping up to pace with Tiger, but
> is added features to the finder really worth updating the whole OS? I
> will have to look into what other updates there are.
> I don't know. MS puts out a new OS and everyone is worried how it will
> break all their existing apps, licensing concerns, and security on top
> of the added costs. Apple puts out a new OS every year and everyone
> fall over in ecstasy. I guess it is all in marketing and perception.
It's partly that "proprietary software is evil, except from Apple,"
which is a stupid but true perception. But on another note, Microsoft's
updates are not small steps designed to play nicely with other versions.
They're big honking changes. Jaguar to Panther was more than Win98 to
Win98 SE, but less than Win98 to Win2K or XP. And that's good.
Also, note that It'll be more like 1.5 years from 10.3 to 10.4, for
whatever that's worth.
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