Every new release of Mac OS X makes old hardware faster; the opposite is true of Windows

“We’ve been waiting over five years already for the successor to Windows XP, so we might as well wait a few more months for Microsoft to ship a secure, reliable operating system. The problem isn’t trying to meet the January 2007 release date. The problem is that after such a long delay, Microsoft must absolutely make sure Vista works. There’s nothing worse than taking five years, only to release a buggy operating system that just offers marginal improvements over Windows XP,” Wallace Wang writes for CNET.

“Rather than try to yank out more features to insure Vista ships on time, Microsoft should work on optimizing Vista. Every new release of Mac OS X from version 10.1 to 10.2 to 10.3 to 10.4 actually added new features while making my ancient G3 iBook faster at the same time. With Mac OS X, it’s a no-brainer to upgrade the operating system since you speed up an old computer while getting new features at the same time,” Wang writes.

“With Windows, the opposite is true. Each succeeding version of Windows needs more hardware and still runs sluggishly. Don’t even think about running Vista on a machine originally designed for Windows 98 or even one designed for Windows XP. Ultimately, no matter how long Microsoft takes to ship Vista, the fact that it won’t run on existing machines already means Vista is a failure,” Wang writes.

Wallace Wang is a freelance computer journalist and author whose books include “Microsoft Office for Dummies” and “Steal This Computer Book.”

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55 Comments

  1. my old 233 imac is still kicking with panther and 264meg RAM. it works as well as can be expected with 6 megs graphics card, but just the fact that it never crashes, and also, has never had a virus, nor been in a repair shop says alot for Apple. it was the first Rev B imac… I was surprised because it was supposed to be a Rev A in November 1998. My old 6116 power PC Performa is still alive with OS 8 as well. On a happier note, my iMac intel with 2 gigs of RAM ROCKS! 10.4.7 is just fine with all the bells and whistles. By the way; 7 people asked me for my old imac 233 because it works so well. how many windows folks ask for a 9 year old PC?

  2. I recently upgraded my 6yr old iMac G3 Graphite SE 500Mhz from 384MB to 1GB Ram (from Crucial).

    Replaced the 30GB HD with a 120GB 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda HD.

    And installed OS X Tiger.

    It felt like new.

    I have the impression it runs cooler too.

  3. All you people with your tired old Macs – I am not impressed. Just shows you don´t need one. Hell, why do you think Apple makes new ones? Because they are friggin´ better than the old slow moldy ones of yesteryear that you guys are still slugging around with. “Mine runs faster on OSX” – faster than what? Mud drying? Not faster than anything Apple is putting out now. Why don´t you buy a new Mac? I sure hope you oldies don´t go around bragging that you use a Mac computer….and then fail to tell people its a 10-year old slow dog.
    But if what you are using an old mac for is all you need then the new Macs are a waste for you.
    Why doesn´t everyone NOT buy a new Mac? Just use that 10-15 year old door stop to surf the net, download the music and write an email.

  4. I´ve got an old Motorola Starmax 3000/180 “Mac”…it works, but I sure wouldn´t let anyone know I own it. Right now its job is not going to the garbage dump to pollute our planet, but rather hiding in a closet in the basement.

  5. I´ve got an old Motorola Starmax 3000/180 “Mac”…it works, but I sure wouldn´t let anyone know I own it. Right now its job is not going to the garbage dump to pollute our planet, but rather hiding in a closet in the basement.

  6. 10.5 better run on G4s, it was not that long ago the macbooks were launched. People (me included) would be pretty upset if their one year old computer won’t be able to run the latest OS.
    I think it will though so it’s no big deal ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. How’s them apples?

    The real problem with speed bumps and old Macs is that I can’t justify my lust for a new machine ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

  8. You are 101% correct. But, Tiger is faster than Pather on my machine, and I’m sure Leopard will be even faster. I check it also on my friend machine.
    MS built it’s empire on OEM contracts so they probably driving a new hardware cycle does more for them than do the upgrades, even though they do make 5 times as much on each upgrade

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