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Help! Can I Survive With OS 9.1 ?
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Dec 5, 2001, 05:35 AM
 
Hi. I'm returning to school so I don't have mucho bucks.

Am running a Ti400 Powerbook with OS 9.1. I'm concerned with this push towards OS X.1, etc. that I'll have to upgrade sometime in the future or be "left out". However, I am very happy with OS 9.1's stability and features and I simply can't afford to buy new software, cold, for OS X?

As an amateur in the Mac community, do you think that I can survive the next 3 yrs w/o upgrading?

I sense/fear that Apple will put out newer computers that will not be able to run OS 9 in the future and for those of us who are not rich, will be stuck with great machines but obsolete programs, ie., MS Office 2001 for Classic, not OS X.

Any advice or thoughts on this? I think OS X looks great, has many interesting features (seems to take a while to learn it) but I'm simply happy with what I have. Will I be fossilized soon?

Thanks.

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Dec 5, 2001, 07:41 AM
 
Apple better allow OS9 to run on the G5...

I'm sticking with 9.1 as long as possible, personally.

Though FCP3 requires 9.2.2... bastards.
     
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Dec 5, 2001, 06:45 PM
 
9.1 all the way!

I 've got 10.1 but it is partioned off and gathering dust. Too many unresolved issues to make it worthwhile to use regularly.

9.1 should age just fine.

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Dec 5, 2001, 08:38 PM
 
I plan on keeping my iMac 400DVSE on OS 9 for a long time. (Lots of kids stuff on there and it is easier for me to troubleshoot right now than OS X.) My iBook has OS X. When I get a new machine (hopefully a G5) I will go all new, no classic.

Why 9.1? I have had a good experience with 9.2.1 and I am hopeful that 9.2.2 will be even better.
     
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Dec 6, 2001, 02:51 AM
 
It seems that OS X demands you purchase entirely new software and no pun intended, that indeed can cost a bundle. Buy your Yuppieware, forget about having OS X being compative for your ClassicWare.

Outside of a few helpful features, it seems like bloatware and massive hype. Perhaps Mac is intending to usurp Widoze and make OS X available for Wintel machines.

The usual paranoid speculations.

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Dec 6, 2001, 09:58 AM
 
Even if you do upgrade to OS X at some point, I will join the chorus of those saying stick with 9.1 as your boot version of OS 9.

I keep 9.1 on one partition for when I need to boot into 9. Fast, stable and not cluttered with all the "classic compatibility" stuff.

I keep OS X and 9.2.1 on a seperate partition, and use 9.2.1 only for"Classic" mode, not as a bootable system. Apparently all the future updates of OS 9 (9,2,2 and beyond) aren't really focused on improving anything but "Classic" performance under OS X.

In short, I'd say, if you do upgrade to OS X, hedge your bet, and keep 9.1 around.

9.1 is the best of the good old Mac OS, in my opinion.

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Dec 6, 2001, 10:23 AM
 
In my opinion, OS X is like Jamaica. It's "where we want to go" , but most of us still work in the real world. Until the point where OS X apps start coming out in force, I'm going to be with OS 9 for a while. My list of apps required before making the jump forever is getting shorter, but I really have to wait until they are ALL there. Like I'm going to use Photoshop AND Quark in Classic mode!
     
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Dec 6, 2001, 10:25 AM
 
In my opinion, OS X is like Jamaica. It's "where we want to go" , but most of us still work in the real world. Until the point where OS X apps start coming out in force, I'm going to be with OS 9 for a while. My list of apps required before making the jump forever is getting shorter, but I really have to wait until they are ALL there. Like I'm going to use Photoshop AND Quark in Classic mode!
     
   
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