Is El Capitan the best version of Mac OS X ever?

Fguerouate

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It has a perfect blend of performance and useful features, I personally think its the best version ever. Agree or disagree?
 

redheeler

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I am on Mojave now and much prefer the look of dark mode over light. I remember when Yosemite came out with the dark menu bar and Dock (partial dark mode), I expected the next version would have a full dark mode. Instead it took four years and Apple chose to stop supporting many older Macs in the process. Very frustrating.

But I digress. Admittedly El Capitan was more stable and the performance was decent on an SSD. By contrast, I have FileVault turned on, and for some reason the Mojave 10.14.6 update lengthened my iMac's boot times considerably. I also get brief system freezes occasionally just trying to open the Notification Center.
 

Isamilis

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I have 2 MacBook Air 2017. One installed with El Capitan and other Mojave. No FileVault on both. Surprisingly, Mojave is more responsive and snappy than El Capitan. Both are used for my kids school. Installed apps are also similar.
 

Ruggy

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The real stand out for me was Snow Leopard and I had to reinstall it on an old iMac last year to get it running again.
It looked so beautiful! It seemed to be a big jump at the time and it all seemed to make sense.
Those old OS ran on anything. Tiny footprint.
 
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Fguerouate

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No. Snow Leopard was perfect.
I prefer the modern UI, but I agree snow leopard was amazing
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I am on Mojave now and much prefer the look of dark mode over light. I remember when Yosemite came out with the dark menu bar and Dock (partial dark mode), I expected the next version would have a full dark mode. Instead it took four years and Apple chose to stop supporting many older Macs in the process. Very frustrating.

But I digress. Admittedly El Capitan was more stable and the performance was decent on an SSD. By contrast, I have FileVault turned on, and for some reason the Mojave 10.14.6 update lengthened my iMac's boot times considerably. I also get brief system freezes occasionally just trying to open the Notification Center.
I've found that catalina is more stable and fast than mojave, but El Capitan in my experience trumps both
 

avz

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It depends. El Capitan runs great on HDD on my MacBook5,1. But when it comes to video decoding, Mavericks is a clear winner on the same hardware.
 

Racineur

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Hi. I have external SSD the hold each El capitan, Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave and I keep Mountain Lion on the internal 1 t Fusion drive. I must say that El Capitan is the fastest booting one. Honestly there's only fractions of seconds that differentiate each OS. I can even testify that Mountain Lion can still make my old 2012 iMac i5 scream for what it means. But overall, Mojave is the fastest. Still I'm not the kind of user that edit videos and stuff like that so I may to be the better judge. For day to day tasks, some photo editing and watching videos, even ML is faste enough for me. I like the UI of ElCap, Sierra and HIS cause they have the dark theme applied to menu bar and dock and leave the rest sunny. For me, dark theme of Mojave is just too hard on the eyes. One thing: I've decide that I would stop upgrading. No Catalina this time.
 
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RLRL

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I use El Capitan on my high performance iMac. I see no reason to change. El Capitan is fast, reliable, and I have on my iMac a bunch of apps that work perfectly with it.

El Capitan is the last Max OS to support USB faxing that I use a lot. Apple will try and tell you that faxing is no longer viable and they are arrogant and wrong.

Personally, I find it distracting that they change OS's so often to sell Hardware. After this iMac dies, I am not sure I will buy another Apple. Microsoft is no better.

For now all our Mac's (4 of them use El Capitan).