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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56 Comments

  1. Informed:

    You write as if you know something that no one else knows.

    Evidently you are certain that Apple is not going to 64 bit. You also appear to know that your software will not run on future Macs. You ARE, as you say, informed.

    Thank you for the insights.

    </sarcasm>

    -B

  2. Luke, that’s a $1.27 worth of s p e c u l a t i o n.

    We’re ALL OVER Microsoft for their “just wait and see next year what Longhorn will have…”, but now the shoe’s on the other foot.

    Of course software optimization plays into it. But it’s not an excuse to make up for Intel’s historically shi**y proc architecture. Presently, I look at G5’s on Tiger as optimized hardware on optimized software. I DON’T feel that way about Intel.

    And yes, I do look at past history sometimes as a guidepost for realistic FUTURE results. Many on earth do. And with that, my own opinion, as well as many others in the IT field, is one that Intel has largely stagnated.

  3. Beeblebrox:

    Being informed means that, yes, I do know that my software will not run on future Macs.

    Get informed: http://macslash.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/06/1826222

    It is a given that Apple is going to 64-bit eventually. But is also a given that complete backwards compatibility with x86 is a requirement of Xcode 2.1 and the “universal binaries.” That legacy luggage prevents Apple from using any radically new processor design from Intel. This isn’t rocket science. This is elementary logic and informed deduction.

  4. Ricardo wrote:

    “Of course software optimization plays into it. But it’s not an excuse to make up for Intel’s historically shi**y proc architecture. Presently, I look at G5’s on Tiger as optimized hardware on optimized software. I DON’T feel that way about Intel.

    And yes, I do look at past history sometimes as a guidepost for realistic FUTURE results. Many on earth do. And with that, my own opinion, as well as many others in the IT field, is one that Intel has largely stagnated.”

    I note a couple of things here:

    “feel” – you don’t feel that way about Intel. Great – but your FEELING may not be related to facts.

    As I’ve said before, Steve Jobs and Apple have had this running for FIVE years. And yes, it probably isn’t optimised for OS X yet, but hey, why spend time and MONEY optimising your BACKUP soloution. And to that point, you all are ignoring one fact – the G5 isn’t delivering what it promised. Just like Microsoft Longhorn, it’s a whole heap of promise for 3GHz and cooler temps.

    Also Intel caught onto the RISC vs CISC issue, and if you look at their newer chips, they take advantage of “RISC” like processes. Fact is both CISC and RISC have their inherent advantages and disadvantages, ANY architechture does.

    Are ANY of you people humnble enough to admit that Steve, and all the other guys and gals at Apple would have SIGNIFICANTLY more information and insight into what is going to come out of BOTH IBM and Intel in the near future??? Can you accept and admit that??? I am yet to see Steve Jobs do something with the INTENT to screw Apple. Yeah he does annoying little things, but this, as you are all screaming is HUGE, and FIVE YEARS in the making. FACT: They could have done this two years ago before moving to the G5, however at THAT TIME the G5 was, and promised to continue to be superior.

    Do you also FEEL so confident that by the time OS X is running on Intel in production machines it WONT be optimised. As I’ve said before, you ALL crap on about the TOTAL Apple offering, but one thing chnages, and suddenly the WHOLE offering is sour – sorry that is just a load of hysterical bulls%@t!!!

    I ALSO look to the past for an indication of future performance, and if you do you will see that IBM FAILED to deliver, they have newer priorities, and for the record, CELL and Games optimized processors do NOT make great GENERAL application processors.

    Yeah it is speculation – up to about $3.76 now – but I’d bet that Steve has SEEN protype chips from both Intel and IBM, and as a result, as of NOW and for the FUTURE, Intel is the go.

    Why are you over Microsoft not delivering? I thought for all you Apple fanboys that was a good thing???!!! Again, one little thing and you change your point of view to suit your hysterics.

    Luke

  5. testudo:

    “Hey lukeinoid, how many times you say future? sounds like you should work at microsoft.”

    Actually it’s LukeinOz.

    If you guys aren’t interested in the future, what’s all teh fuss about – your CURRENT Apple Macs will be fine.

    Last I noticed, it’s all the hysterical, illogical fanboys going on about the future and their percieved lack of it!!!

    Also testudo you will find that most people in BUSINESS in general talk about the future, the present is for business reporters and history is for academics! So whilst I could work for microsoft as they are a business, I’d choose not to, as there are other companies that I ACTUALLY admire, and they talk of the FUTURE too.

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    Luke

  6. informed wrote:

    “Beeblebrox:

    Being informed means that, yes, I do know that my software will not run on future Macs.

    Get informed: http://macslash.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/06/1826222

    It is a given that Apple is going to 64-bit eventually. But is also a given that complete backwards compatibility with x86 is a requirement of Xcode 2.1 and the “universal binaries.” That legacy luggage prevents Apple from using any radically new processor design from Intel. This isn’t rocket science. This is elementary logic and informed deduction.”

    Actually that link refers to Rosetta, not Xcode 2.1 – guess you were informed, but weren’t able to understand???

    Also you would fail a logic test, just because something is possible, doesn’t mean it IS.

    It is POSSIBLE your software wont work on an Intel based Mac, but that doesn’t mean it WONT be. And as I see that you have already mixed up xCode and Rosetta, I could (by your standards) of “elementary logic and informed deduction” conlude that you don’t have a clue what you’re on about, let alone are “informed”. Based on the INFORMATION I have, my conclusion COULD be right, but it may not be.

    Of course your reaction to this post may give me more information in order to base my decision, as if you dismiss my logic as flawed, lacking enough information to make that conclusion, you will have to dismiss your own conclusions about Apple and the move to Intel… as you too have limited (and incorrectly interpreted information).

    Luke

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  7. LukeinOz:

    Some of us are not illogical fanboys. Some of us have based our entire careers around Apple. Some of us don’t like seeing our livelihood threatened.

    Some of us have made considerable investments in this platform. Some of us do more than search the web with our Macs. Some of us actually understand the full scope of this transition and realize that the OS isn’t the entire picture. Some of us have happily gone along with previous transitions because they were major advancements. Some of us are informed enough to see that this isn’t a major advancement.

  8. LukeinOz:

    You don’t even know what xCode is.

    I mixed up nothing. You really ought to keep quiet when you don’t have the slightest idea what you’re talking about.

  9. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

    another “childs” reponse…

    I don’t like what your saying, just shut up and go away!!! I’m happy to be informed, just don’t see much of that, just “advice” to tell Apple to “F” off and not buy their product.

    How about this point of view and HARSH reality?

    In all honesty, if this change means the “10,000” people that have software that will NEVER run on MacTel are lost to Apple – SO WHAT?!?!

    When are you people going to wake up and smell the cocoa? This decision was made to ensure the livelyhood of Apple employees, and Apple itself. Apple doesn’t have a responsibilty to anyone else that goes ABOVE that.

    So you invested your life in Apple development. Shit happens mate.

    For a LOT of people this move was necessary and important for their livelyhoods. Why is your EXCEPTIONAL circumstances more important than everyone elses needs?

    Oh for for F$@k sake get off your high horse – the whole “some of us, some of us, some of us are informed” crap.

    Yeah I may just cruise the web with my Mac, NO I don’t develop software, I wouln’t know Xcode if I tripped over it – but guess what mate, most mac users are like ME. Even more PC users are like ME. And if you really did care about the Apple platform, you’d realise that the whole “exclusive club” you Mac zealots promote is EXACTLY why I am cheering from the rooftops about this move.

    I’m looking forward to some of you “being quiet” and “going away”.

    Prior to this I was just trying to be positive, have an open mind that Apple knows what they are doing (and also realising we’ve heard the whole “Apple have blown it” spiel before), and point out the differences between the hysterical responses on here and the information presented. Now I must admit, I am cheering this change on the off chance it will clear some of the hysterics from the Apple fan base.

    Maybe you are BETTER informed than even Steve Jobs and Apple staff? You are most certainly more informed than me – you develop software! Good for you. I guess we’ll see if your information is right soon.

    I for one will be enjoying the Apple experience, surfing the web, sending e-mail, whilst listening to my iPod. All low level, scum of the earth things to do, whilst you, in your upper echelons will be, I don’t know, based on what you said, tooling around with Linux. Knowing what Xcode is you’re smart enough to be able to tackle Linux, me I’m stupid enough to ENJOY OS X, on PPC, Intel (maybe even AMD).

    I guess you’re informed and miserable, and this is a classic case of IGNORANCE IS BLISS!!!

    Luke

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  10. Luke, your last post is the epitome of an hysterical fanboy post. “Steve knows best,” etc.

    Informed has valid reasons to be upset and you idiotically say “So you invested your life in Apple development. Shit happens mate.”

    Spoken like a true ignorant twerp. Perhaps YOU should go away…

  11. You’re right I am getting hysterical.

    Must be contagious!!! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”ohh” style=”border:0;” />

    I actually didn’t say – Steve knows best mate, I just said I reckon he is better INFORMED than our friend with the same moniker.

    Nothing hysterical fanboy about that. You know him running Apple and all. “This isn’t rocket science. This is elementary logic and informed deduction.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” /> – sorry it was JUST TOO easy!!!

    He may be COMPLETELY wrong, as I said, being a low-end user I wouldn’t have a clue, and hence yes – I am VERY happy (and having fun) – how about you lads?

    I’m also an ignorant twerp, I accept that, you have to be, in order to accept the universal truth that shit happens.

    The good thing is, being and ignorant twerp, means I am a happy twerp.

    And regarding going away. This is what I still don’t get (you know, ignorant, twerp, and also a low-end user and all). YOu are all the ones jumping up and down, screaming “damn you Apple”, “I’m NEVER going to be a customer again”, “They are now have a shit product”, yet you’re all still here.

    I am saying I am happy to use their product, I will be their customer in the future, way to go Apple etc etc, and you think I should go away.

    Who is the fool – the one that is such an ignorant twerp that he uses a crap product, and spends his time discussing it, or those that are so well infomred that they publicly announce their displeasure with something/someone, and then spend their time bitching about it?

    Note also the differnce in how we put things, us ignorant folk don’t say “GO AWAY” “You don’t know what you’re talking about”. I did say I WISH you’d go away, and with my limited ability THINK you MAY NOT know what you’re on about. I did however say get off your high horse – you should, how pompus to TELL someone to go away as opposed to respecting that some people are different, have different views and you just WISH they weren’t around anymore.

    Yes I did just accuse you of being POMPUS (but hey as you said I know nothing, so I am most likely wrong).

    But pompus or not, I’m HAPPY for you to hang around (I just kinda wish you wouldn’t)

    Luke

    PS – always thought the whole Magic Word is “x” as in “x, y, z” is a bit silly, but hey, mine is “free” as in “everyone is free to have an opinion (and change their processors in the PC’s they make), you don’t have to like it, but hey “shit happens” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smirk” style=”border:0;” />

  12. ooops!!

    “Who is the fool – the one that is such an ignorant twerp that he uses a crap product, and spends his time discussing it, or those that are so well infomred that they publicly announce their displeasure with something/someone, and then spend their time bitching about it?”

    Actually nothing wrong with that – It’s foolish when you KNOW your bitching wont change the fact. The only way this thing will be reversed is if all you people DO ACTUALLY carry out your (traditionally hollow) threats and DO leave the Apple platform as customers.

    That’s my challenge to you all that have extolled how POOR this is – use your vastly superior brains and informed positions and send Steve the only message he could take seriously in order to reconsider his position – LEAVE the platform, don’t talk about it, don’t threaten to (Apple has heard that a MILLION times before) – put on your Nikes and “just do it!!!”

    My prediction, as I have repeatedly said before is this: You’ll hang around, bitch and moan, and buy an MacTel Apple in a few years, shortly after you’ll be POMPOUSLY telling people how superior the platform is (cause it will be – you’ll just be pompous and condescending about it) and how they are WinTel (or will that be WinAMD, WinPPC) lemmings that just “haven’t seen the light” yet.

    Luke

    Oh and now this is freaky!!! Sorry I just have to:

    MW is “action” As in I wonder if these lungs filled with so much HOT AIR, belong to men (and women) of action?

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