Windows users who try Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger might not want to go back

“In a previous column, I shared my thoughts about what it was like to suddenly become a Mac user after using Linux and Windows for most of my computing life. It was a bit of a shock, and adjusting to the new OS took me a little while before I could start to appreciate what it had to offer,” Jim Lynch writes for ExtremeTech. “Fortunately, I had the guidance and tolerance of many of ExtremeTech’s Mac-savvy readers to help me work through the bumps I encountered. My thanks to all who posted feedback and suggestions in the forum or who quietly emailed me after reading my column. I was somewhat overwhelmed at the response to the column, the emails just kept pouring in for weeks after it was published.”

Lynch writes, “This time I’m going to talk about what it’s been like for me after the initial adjustment period and how my experimentation with a Power Mac led to my purchase of a Power Book and the installation of the latest version of Mac OS X (Tiger) on both of my Macs.”

Lynch looks at Mac OS X Tiger in some depth and concludes, “Windows users beware! If you’re thinking about getting a Mac with Tiger on it, don’t do it! You’ll never view Windows the same again… Watch out Windows users, if you get a taste of OS X Tiger you might not want to go back.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Former Windows Sufferers who give Apple’s Mac OS X a decent try usually end up making the best Mac advocates.

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  1. Copernicus,

    I look at it the other way… It’s rare the Mac has been ahead. I look forward to — at the very least — parity. For example, having access to top of the line video cards and processors. Plus, Apple will add some of its own magic to differentiate it from the masses.

  2. Copernicus

    What makes you think that Apple, who has had a long history of being “proprietary” even with standard components, will use the same internals as a Dell or HP?

    It’s one thing if Apple said they’ll buy motherboards from Intel, which they certainly are not. Tehy’re just buying chips. Despite what anyone has said, native compatibility with Windows or any other x86-based OS and components are not guaranteed.

    MDN Magic Word: really, as in “Really ridiculous, all of you.”

  3. I look forward to it aswell, However, I dont think having Intel inside is going to help FPS. And I think apple still needs to prioritize its OpenGL performance, thats been holding the mac back from a performance standpoint…In Games that is…

  4. My new Powerbook is awesome – yesterday’s announcement didn’t change that one bit – As Jack Welch likes to say, “a leader faces reality” and the reality is that future PowerPC products are for video games and they can’t make a low power, low heat mobile chip with G5.

    The other reality is that OS X is more stable and has more features that Windows is promising in the future, only you can get it right now. I am a switcher – 30 days now – and I tell everyone I know that they should use a Mac at home – if not in business, because most of my business contacts are working on systems architectures and Apple just isn’t in that space yet.

    I work in the Enterprise software space and have to deal with Windows at work – it’s nice to know you can use a computer and get things done instead of constantly trying to work within limits that are imposed UPON you by the limits of the OS.

    Once I get people to check out OS X, they don’t have an interest in Windows.

  5. I guess we’ll see what the future holds. Personally, such wins as the Virginia Tech G5 cluster validated the platform. I doubt the P4 Powermacs Apple is selling to the developers are capable of the same. Regardless, I wouldn’t spend a nickel on them until the benchmarks prove they outperform the 64bit dual 2.7 G5 Powermacs. Jobs carefully avoided such performance comparisons which makes me wonder.

    We’ll see the benchmarks rolling in on those machines in a few weeks. I only hope it doesn’t prove an embarrassment when compared to the currently shipping G5’s.

  6. Well, don’t get your hopes up. G5 Powermac, according to the “old” Apple:

    Nearly Two Times Faster Than Pentium 4
    “To demonstrate the superiority of the Power Mac G5, Apple conducted tests using Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0, the most widely used application among creative professionals.

    The dual 2.7GHz, dual 2.3GHz and dual 2.0GHz Power Mac G5 systems ran the 45 filters 98%, 78% and 59% faster, respectively, than the 3.6GHz Pentium 4-based system, and 72%, 56% and 38% faster than the dual 3.6GHz Xeon-based system.(1)(2)”

    LOL I know, Iknow, we’re supposed to gulp down the kool-aid and forget about all of that…

  7. “If Jobs would just show a little intestinal fortitude and release OS X for any Intel machine to use, ol’ Billy boy would see his market share drop like a stunned pigeon.”

    This is rubbish. Repeat after me: “Apple is a hardware company.” Releasing OS X to commodity x86 would not magically put Microsoft on the ropes. You’re completely discounting the size of the Windows ecosystem, the sheer inertia of current PC users, and the considerable threat still posed by Microsoft. The short term effect of such a move would be to put a bullet in Mac sales, and there is no guarantee that they would be able to recover from such a decision. It is certainly possible at some future date that Apple may be in a strong enough position to make the transition to a software company, but that time is not now, nor will it be until sometime after Apple makes the transition in 2006-7, if ever.

    No matter how inexpensive Macs get, commodity gear from PC mills will always be cheaper, and most people advocating opening OS X can’t seem to grasp that Macs Just Work™ because Apple carefully limits the hardware pool that they need to qualify for use. If someone’s home-built shitbox with an Acme graphics card, RAM from a box of Froot Loops, and a motherboard he bought off the back of a truck in Pakistan has horrible problems with OS X, who do you think he’s going to blame? That’s right: Apple, even though they can’t be held responsible for crappy hardware or drivers. Attempting to make sure OS X works well with the floods of new component hitting the market every year would be a Sisyphean task, and not one any sane company would attempt. The closed pool of hardware works in Apple’s favor; changing that dynamic would have terrible consequences for the Mac’s reputation.

  8. “inaminit,
    This is rubbish. Repeat after me: “Apple is a hardware company.” “

    That’s the kind of narrow mentality that has kept Apple in the miniscule market share region. I like my iMac, I like it a lot, it’s my primary machine of choice. But the truth is, the AMD based machine I built last year is superior HARDWARE wise in every way. From the 2.2 ghz cpu to the Audigy Z sound card to the ATI 9650 video card. The reason I like the iMac better has nothing to do with the hardware, get it?

    Did you read the guy’s article up there, or just start posting? When Windows user’s try OS X they don’t want to go back. OS X, not the hardware.

  9. Obviously Copernicus has never used a modern Powerbook.

    Comparing a Mac laptop to a Dell is kind of like comparing a Mercedes to a Ford Taurus in terms of style, look and feel and of course, performance. (OSX)

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