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Should I Upgrade To Mac OS 9
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May 17, 2000, 05:19 PM
I am undecided about upgrading to OS 9, keepin Mac OS 8.6 or waiting for Mac OS X for my iBook-Blueberry. I know about iTools and use it using a special Mac OS 8.6 patch I found. Is it really worth it. Anyone! Thanks.
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May 17, 2000, 05:34 PM
this horse has been beaten again and again, please search the forum, there are any number of posts to several questions just like yours
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May 17, 2000, 10:03 PM
I have the same iMac as you and recently upgraded from 8.6 to 9 and 9.0.4
Honestly, I don't see any difference but have yet to try out iTools. Thought I'd get the OS for $20 while I still could since I had the iMac for less than 6 months.
As wlonh says, the discussions on this topic have been truly encyclopedic in breadth. I say flip a coin and save your eyes...
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May 18, 2000, 10:30 AM
IMO, it's not worth the upgrade. I'm still running OS 8.6 on all my Macs and don't see any use for OS 9.

Have you considered the free OS X public beta which we should be able to get later this summer?

"The only laptop computer that's useful is the one you have with you."
Until we get a 3 lbs sub-PowerBook, the 12-inch PowerBook will do.
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May 18, 2000, 11:34 AM
I think -
You would be very happy with OS 9.0 (9.04)
Nice features and why not get the best
OS 8.6 was nice toooo though


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May 23, 2000, 07:51 PM
for the setup you have, i wouldnt upgrade. os 9 eats so much ram. also, i would downgrade from 8.6 down to 8.5.1. but, 8.6 is ok.

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Jun 9, 2000, 08:31 AM
Yes, Upgrade. If you have any problems, you'll be able to fix them. Buy more memory if you need it. Get cable or dsl and have a blast! Figure you'll get at least 6 months of using os 9.x before considering upgrading to OSX, unless you can't resist playing with the beta version.
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Jun 9, 2000, 11:08 AM
OS9 will not run Microsoft Office 4.2 (with Word 6) and there are major issues with drivers for some HP printers (870cxi)
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