Does anyone miss the early OS X?

deluxeshredder

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I do.

It just felt ahead of time, and I'm still amazed how little the UI has changed structurally.
 

BenTrovato

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I miss it in a nostalgic way but I definitely don't miss using it! I'm hoping 10.10 is named 10.10 and is a major improvement over Mavericks.
 

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I actually got an old MacBook from 2006 and I realized I had made a mistake, because I really missed the features of the newer versions of OS X. From a nostalgia perspective I think there was a lot more rah-rah over the events leading up to new OS X releases, which I really enjoyed.

Despite that, I am extremely excited for the next iteration of OS X.
 

pdjudd

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I miss it in a nostalgic way but I definitely don't miss using it! I'm hoping 10.10 is named 10.10

Why wouldn’t it? Version numbers are not decimals and Apple wouldn’t have bothered with a new naming scheme with OSX on 10.9 and say it was going to keep using that, only to abandon the long standing recognized brand of OSX for 11.

There is no reason technological or branding wise to do this.
 

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I don't really miss them, whenever I go back and use an old computer with an earlier version of OS X I tend to realize how many of the new features I actually use and get annoyed when they aren't there.
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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Well, I do miss the exploration of learning a Unix-style OS, and learning what advantages it had over OS9. But that being said, I only really miss 10.6.8.
 

maflynn

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Up until Mavericks I did miss Tiger because it was a nice balance of power and lightweightness. I think Mavericks is also a good mixture of features w/o really feeling bloated
 

turtle777

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Don't miss it.

Have been using OS X since 10.0.

10.0 and 10.1 were barley usable for real productive purposes.
They were fun, no doubt, and a very fresh breath of air after System 8.

But I wouldn't want to go back.

-t
 

phoenixsan

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Before.....

Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) I had hold my computers in Classic Mac OS, mostly of the time.I embrace fully the Tiger update and never look back. Currently, I stay in Lion most of the time.....

Would be great the flat mockups for 10.10 for real.....:D

And no, no nostalgia here. Simply enjoying the things as we are getting them...


:):apple:
 

talmy

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I started with Jaguar. Now 100% Mavericks. There isn't a single feature in the old OSes that would want me to go back.
 

mojolicious

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Q. Does anyone miss the early OS X?

A. Lord, no. There are days when I'd prefer Sherlock to Spotlight – although that's much like preferring necrotizing fasciitis to ebola – and I don't like the way Apple have gone with the integration of the App Store, iTunes, etc etc, but the core OS is a visual and functional delight compared to anything ≤10.5.

If I could have FruitMenu back I think my joy would be complete.
 

UKgaryb

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Being one of those that started with 10.1 (Dual booting System 9.2) on a Ti Powerbook the journey up to 10.4 was great, every time things got faster, better and more stable with every release (on the same hardware).

10.5 killed most G3/G4 systems but ran great on my Dual 1.8 G5
10.6 was a superb release the most refined parts from 10.1 - 10.5
10.7 was a joke
10.8 was 10.7 but better, actually usable.
10.9 seems to be a really good stable OS (to me).
 

MacsRgr8

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Don't miss it.

Have been using OS X since 10.0.

10.0 and 10.1 were barley usable for real productive purposes.
They were fun, no doubt, and a very fresh breath of air after System 8.

But I wouldn't want to go back.

-t
Same here.

I had the privilege to play with Mac OS X Server 1.x (the Rhapsody versions of Mac OS X) in those days.
I even used the Mac OS X Public Beta as my main OS on my B&W G3 back then... (inserted nostalgia here)
Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 really were so "tool old" back in the late 90-ies.

Apple really was on the back foot back then:
Mac OS 9 was almost embarrassing, Mac OS X wasn't really usable, the G4 Mhz debacle (couldn't exceed 500 Mhz for about 18 months while the Intels were racing far over the 1 GHz mark).

Thanks to Steve we made it eventually!
 

G51989

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I do.

It just felt ahead of time, and I'm still amazed how little the UI has changed structurally.
As someone who actually used these OS's when they came out, I can say a few things.

They might have looked shiny, but they were pretty much inferior to Windows 2000 at the time, and even XP if I am honest besides security issues. They were resource hogs, slow, not as secure as you might think, and the UI was all over the place, and all the problems with being compatible with OS 8 and 9 software was bad.

10.4 Tiger was were OSX really took off and got good.
 

Antares

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I miss how revolutionary and exciting OSX was at the start. It was incredible and cool and extremely different from every other OS out there. It was truly deserving of the term, "revolutionary." That was also a very exciting time, in general. Apple was blowing the competition out of the water with bold designs and new ways of thinking about computers and operating systems.

When Apple introduced OSX, it pushed forward and modernized the operating system in a way that has not been done in a very long time…actually, not since Apple’s innovation with the GUI in the early 1980’s.

I can’t imagine any company ever recreating the pure excitement and awe that surrounded the early days of OSX. It was a rarity of a time in tech history where so many things came together perfectly. A confluence of hardware and software design unlike anything else ever encountered in the computing world. But there is any company ever able to do something like this again, it would be Apple.

But, yes, I miss the early days of OSX. OSX now is evolutionary. It’s getting better and more robust. But it is not as exciting and “new” as it once was. I miss that.

:apple:
 

MacCruiskeen

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I miss how revolutionary and exciting OSX was at the start. It was incredible and cool and extremely different from every other OS out there. It was truly deserving of the term, "revolutionary." That was also a very exciting time, in general. Apple was blowing the competition out of the water with bold designs and new ways of thinking about computers and operating systems.
How was it revolutionary? Most of the core technology came from Next/Unix. I mean, until Apple adopted Unix, they hadn't even managed to make a proper multitasking OS (as, say, Commodore had done with the Amiga more than a decade earlier). OS X was Apple playing catchup.
 

Antares

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How was it revolutionary? Most of the core technology came from Next/Unix. I mean, until Apple adopted Unix, they hadn't even managed to make a proper multitasking OS (as, say, Commodore had done with the Amiga more than a decade earlier). OS X was Apple playing catchup.
It's not about the core tech, it's about the whole package. Visually, there was nothing else like it out there, at the time. Almost everything about it was fresh and new. And it's true, Apple was playing catch-up in may ways...but they not only caught up, they flew past everyone else. Though, I would still argue, OS9 was better, overall, than any Windows product of its era.
 

jeremysteele

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Funny, I just booted up my old iBook G4 with Tiger the other day. I do miss that OS.... most stable major OS X release aside from snow leopard. It's a shame the backlight on it is nearly dead.

The newer releases have gotten much buggier, at least for me. Mountain lion was decent, but Mavericks has been a headache and a half on every system I've used it on.

Going further back, I think Mac OS 8.6 or 9.2 beats everything else, but that's just me. Sure, if you had buggy apps it could be quite unstable.... but when those systems ran well they ran extremely well. They were super quick too, since they didn't have all the abstraction and overhead of modern OSes. I really wish modern SSDs were available in the 9.2 days.... those systems would have been ridiculously quick.
 
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TheRainKing

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Nostalgia is a funny thing. The first Mac I ever used was an eMac running Jaugar, and even though I know it's missing the features and compatibility required to be useful in today's world, I still think about buying one off eBay for old times sake.