Pros Better late than never
Cons Leopard is a only a couple months away
Summary I did a doubletake when I saw CNET just now reviewing Tiger, an OS that has been on the market for two years. With Leopard only a couple months away, one has to ask, "why bother?" Stranger yet, there is a "preview" of Leopard elsewhere on CNET, before the program is even released, based on Jobs comments in his keynote address. Does this mean we won't get an actual review when the upgraded OS hits the market? On the other hand, CNET managed to get a review of Vista on-line almost before the newly released shrinkwrap it the floor.
Pros Great features, dashboard, native programs
Cons No major ones that I could think of
Summary A great operating system. I have a G4 "lamp" iMac, and this operating system runs great despite the fact that this desktop is three years old. It even seems to run faster than the day I bought it!
Installation is a snap, though I suggest erase and install to ensure a clean system.
Improvements in Mail, iChat, and Safari are spectacular, and the Dashboard widgets are highly useful.
Very stable, beautiful and easy to use.
Pros Fast, Can Multitask, same features no matter what Mac you buy
Cons Networking, Connecting to a printer through a network a hassle.
Summary Mac OS X owns Windows XP And Vista. The first reason is the small price tag. Windows has so many versions and it is pricey. OS X is rather inexpensive and only one verison, so there is no confusion on what OS is best, just the computer hardware that you want.
The best thing I enjoy, being a first-time Mac user, is the ability to multi-task and do things I want to do without the computer crashing, getting really slow, or freezing.
It's just simple.
Cons: I don't think .Mac is worth $100/year for what you get. It should be about $60. I could see $100 with a domain name. I could get the same features for free from other companies.
Some companies (for example AOL) do not make software for it. AOL does, but the IM client from AOL is old and outdated. iChat is so simple creating a fancy profile is hard.
Other than those cons, the OS is excellent!
"Fantastic!"on by LinuxAddict2010
Pros Spotlight, Dashboard, and Exposé are boons to one's productivity; it just keeps getting faster; it's not Windows
Cons The Dock isn't that good for power users; user interface and font must be changed with shareware utilities
Summary Apparently I lived under a rock for the past few years. The last time I had heard of a Mac, it ran OS 9 and sported a PowerPC processor. OS 9 was beautiful and easy to use, but it was crashy and had frameworks from 1984 creakingly holding up the modern interfaces (USB and Firewire, anybody?). I preferred to stick with what I knew, and what I knew was Windows.
But when I purchased my first Mac in late 2006 (a MacBook), Tiger came preloaded on the machine, so I was kind of stuck with it. (I didn't know how to configure Linux to run on it, and a copy of Windows was too expensive.) But I wanted to use a Mac, so I dug in.
And I haven't been disappointed.
OS X boasts a superb and robust Unix-style kernel at its base, fundamentally different from the proprietary kernel at the core of OS 9 and below. Elements of NextStep, FreeBSD, and some parts of Ye Olde OS 9 also come together to form the OS we know and love as Mac OS X. It's fast, secure, suited for all kinds of tasks from development to serving a website, and features Apple's legendary ease of use.
If you step back from the marketing spin that Apple puts on OS X for a second and evaluate it purely on its own merits, it's as close as we'll get to computing nirvana. Or at least it is for novices and basic users. Power users will have to get used to the Mac way of doing things (or the OS X way of doing things, at least), and foremost among that way of doing things is the application launcher and monitor known as the Dock. The Dock permits you to keep tabs on all the applications that are running at any given time on your computer, and it also lets you launch applications that you put there. The design is elegant and yet poorly thought out: by using pictures only, if you put more than one folder in your Dock (I had twelve at last count), you have to hover over them to see which is which. That's no way to keep giving yourself even more RSI.
I'm happier to report that window management in OS X is unparalleled. Exposé is a wonderful solution that gives you a bird's-eye view of your open windows or your desktop with just a tap of a key (either F9, F10, or F11). On the small screen of a MacBook, Exposé is the best thing to come along since the advent of two-button mouse support.
Everything is easier on the Mac, from using Bluetooth peripherals (oftentimes, all you have to do is turn the peripheral on and make sure your computer's Bluetooth adapter is on) to syncing with your cell phone (iSync) to browsing the Internet (Safari). Apple has demonstrated once again that the best solutions aren't necessarily the most difficult to use, and their statement that Tiger is the most advanced OS on the planet is well qualified.
My only complaint comes from the world of Linux and being able to customize my OS's appearance at the drop of a hat (the KDE environment comes to mind) without extra utilities. On the Mac you have to pay extra for that privilege.
"Love this OS"on by acmueller
Pros Unix, Finder, Web Server
Cons Safari not as good as firefox yet
Summary I am a systems developer, work daily with many operating systems, and OS X is by far the best.