Recently I ran across two articles in the same online publication. One outlined how to give up on Windows and posited that OS X could be a better choice. The other dissed OS X Mavericks and called it beta. What’s a computer use to do?
Linux To The Rescue
No, sorry. That’s not going to happen. We’ve been waiting for the Year of Linux on the Desktop for about a decade and it hasn’t happened so often it’s obvious it won’t happen.
What about Google’s Chrome? If you don’t mind doing most of your work in a web browser tab window, the price is right.
The problem with Chrome is that it’s an anemic substitute for OS X and Windows, despite the price, and Google’s claims to the contrary.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has all but given up on Windows 8, but at least recognizes that whether OS X is a better alternative is really subjective.
From the same site as Kingsley-Hughes analysis on how to dump Windows and try out OS X is David Gewirtz who laments OS X Mavericks in an open letter to CEO Tim Cook.
Gewirtz loves his screaming bad boy fast iMac running OS X Mountain Lion. He ditched OS X Mavericks because it was, in his mind, really a beta version, fraught with all kinds of trouble.
Trouble, of course, is also subjective.
Every new version of Windows or OS X or Android or iOS brings with it a few new bugs, especially in the earlier versions of an upgrade. That’s just the way it is.
I’m a red, white, and blue bona fide Apple fan girl so I upgraded my desktop iMac and my MacBook Pro to OS X Mavericks, and it was the simplest, fastest, least painful upgrade. Ever.
Then I upgraded iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and everything else that Apple pushed out in the last month or so.
Zero problems. Zilch. Nada. None.
How is it that Gewirtz had a beta version of OS X Mavericks and my version of Mavericks was pristine and pure?
Because trouble is subjective.
Airing Personal Laundry
Gewirtz went down a laundry list of problems with his new iMac on OS X Mavericks, not one of which displayed as a problem on either of my Macs, home or office. The list?
Shares don’t work (mine did and do). Western Digital RAID died (RAID? Power user much?). iWorks is a downgrade of functions (who uses all the functions of anything?). Mail had a Gmail hiccup (what’s new?). Scrolling in Chrome was broken (mine was fine).
That’s a nigglingly small list of issues, to be sure, but hardly the stuff a beta product is made of, though an open letter to Tim Cook is perfect fodder for a computer scientist and U.S policy adviser (based on how the government operates, whatever policy he advised is probably still in beta).
Anyone who is so serious about computing and depends so much on utter stability and impeccable performance should not, under any circumstances, be among the first to make a major upgrade to a new OS X without waiting a bit for the inevitable line of hiccups.
For the rest of us, though, we simply upgrade and move on. For me, and many other Mac users, OS X Mavericks has been the least painful, least eventful upgrade ever. Your mileage may vary, of course, and, besides it’s subjective.