A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review gives a thumbs-up to Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”), saying that though Macs are still in the minority, “there is no reason why they should be, especially in homes where simplicity and stability are important.”
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The review praises Jaguar’s “visual beauty” and the fact that it’s more dependable than Windows. The Sentinel says that the Windows registry can get mysteriously “corrupted” and that Various operating system updates must be downloaded — “usually at least once a week” — to make Windows less vulnerable to hackers, bugs and exploits. And home networking can be troublesome, especially if you are working with several different generations of Windows, the article says.
“But it doesn’t have to be that way. Although Apple might not be perfect, it offers an alternative that many users will find alluring,” the Sentinel says. “For example, networking with Apple’s Jaguar operating system was remarkably simple. A PowerBook G4 laptop on loan from Apple for about a month immediately found and connected to the existing Wi-Fi wireless network in my home with no configuring needed. Sharing files with the Windows XP network was easier than getting Windows 98 computers to see the other machines. “
The review also notes that a common misconception among Windows users is that they won’t be able to do all the things they want to if they switch to a Mac. Those who use their computers mainly for e-mail, instant messaging, surfing the Web and basic digital media are covered by Mac OS X’s bundled software. The Sentinel does add that the number of computer games for the Mac “is anemic by enthusiast standards, but that is not Apple’s fault.”