Two new articles praise Mac OS X, but say it’s not ready for prime time yet.
Business Week columnist Stephen Wildstorm
said that the new operating system is a “terrific achievement, but it’s a work in progress.”
“Although it went on sale on Mar. 25 [we know, it was March 24], Apple won’t ship new Macs with OS X loaded until sometime this summer,” he writes. “It turns out there’s a good reason for this, and I strongly urge most Mac owners to hold off.”
Despite this warning, the columnist finds Mac OS X to be a “great technical achievement.” He said that Apple has succeeded in putting a face “that’s as friendly and easy-to-use as we’ve come to expect from a Mac on a rock-solid operating system.” The result is a handsome product that resists crashing and easily performs many tasks simultaneously, he added.
So why not upgrade now? Wildstorm listed the usual reason. No DVD Player. No support for recordable-CD drives. Lack of support for some older printers and peripherals, such as third party mice. Wildstorm also laments the interface confusion in switching between Mac OS X and Classic applications, as well as the dearth of native X applications.
lack of apps is also what disappoints Gene Steinberg in an Arizona Central column.
“We have this great new operating system from Apple, which offers the promise of a superior computing experience, with faster performance, fewer slowdowns when multiple things are going on, and, one hopes, undreamed of stability,” he wrote. “But what good is Mac OS X if there are only a few applications to run on it?”
Many potential users of Mac OS X are sitting on the sidelines right now, waiting for the worst bugs to be fixed, and for their favorite applications to be ported to the new environment, the columnist said. Apple will take care of the former, promising a steady diet of downloadable updates to fix the most significant problems and address interface shortcomings reported by early adopters, he added. As far as applications, Steinberg notes that they’re coming; he just wants them now.