A decade of Mac OS X: What went right, what went wrong, and what’s still missing

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“Here we are, a decade later, and Mac OS X has matured into a fine product,” John Siracusa writes for Ars Technica.

“This ten-year marker presents an opportunity to do something technology writers usually avoid,” Siracusa writes. “I’m going to look back at some of my hopes and fears from the early days of Mac OS X’s development and compare them to the reality of today.”

Siracusa asks, “Was I right on the money, shrewdly warning of future disasters that did, in fact, come to pass? Or do my predictions now read more like the ravings of a gray-bearded lunatic? It’s judgment day.”

Full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Back when OS X was still at 10.1, I used to read the forums at MacFixIt. They had a forum called “Mac OS X Talk”, which for some reason became the home for Classic OS purists, who whined constantly about the “death of the Mac”. I remember reading that OS X would drive everyone to Windows, because there just wasn’t any difference any more.

    The whining got so bad that it began to give the site a bad rep, and they shut down the forum. The bellyachers set up their own site to continue bitching. After 9+ years, I just checked to see if it’s still there. It is, but it’s become a nearly-dead forum for OS X users.


  2. I just upgraded to 10.6.2 from 10.4.11. I can no longer use our Brother WI-fi printer (I downloaded a new driver) and need Rosetta to watch a WMA videoy friend sends in a email. Don’t get it and haven’t had time to call support. I’m bummed. It ain’t “just works” for me.

  3. WindowShade. God how I miss it. Unsanity’s replacement version was brilliant- classic window shading and minimise-in-place, the first thing I always added to a new Mac. Snow Leopard broke it and we’ll probably be using 10.7 by the time they get their useless act together to sort out a SL upgrade, damn their eyes.

    Why Apple got rid of it in OS X remains a mystery to me but I’d really, really love them to bring it back as an integrated part of the OS rather than having to depend upon the substitutes of slow and unreliable third party developers.

  4. The minute I installed Mac OSX public beta I knew Apple had a winner. Sure it was slow, buggy, but it was still way better than OS 9. You could tell it had vast room to grow whereas OS 9 was spent.

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