Hi all. I'm not sure if this is the right spot to post this but...
I'm curious about exactly what are the advantages of using OS X over OS 9? Let me explain my question a bit.
I ask this because I regularly use both 9 and X, and frequently switch back and forth or use "classic" mode. I know that OS X is based on Unix and OS 9 is a descendent of the original Mac system software, that they have entirely different code sets, yadda, yadda, yadda. I'm thinking more along the lines of day-to-day user interface and usability.
Other than this, OS 9 gives me great multi-tasking with an awesome interface that is hugely skinnable. I find it rarely crashes, and when it does it usually (for me) is either because of some flash/java riddled website that chokes the browser or some problem with MS Office. I love the OS X dock and the column view for finder windows, and use A-dock and Greg's Browser to give me these in OS 9.
And there are still programs from OS 9 that I can't find a great replacement for:
1. SuperPaint - so simple to use, yet gives me some great options for editing my graphics.
2. Claris Home Page - simple, wysiwyg HTML editor.
3. CricketGraph - the ability to do recursive curve fits with two clicks is un-beatable.
So I find myself *wanting* to switch completely over to OS X, but not being able to fully *justify* it in my head. Am I alone in this? Anyone else out there who still uses "classic" programs because they find them easier than the OS X version of things?
But back to my original question - other than protected memory, what true advancements have been added to OS X over OS 9 that make OS X a "modern" operating system? Please don't say "dashboard widgets", "expose", or "fast user switching". To me, those are just little programs that have been tacked onto the system (like 3rd-party extensions, control panels and hypercard stacks used to be). Also, it doesn't address the question directly. It talks about the latest "tricks" (for lack of a better word) that you can do in OS X, without talking about the underlying framework that lets those "tricks" happen. Why couldn't they happen in OS 9, but can in X? In the case of "expose", I suspect it's only because noone ever developed an extension for OS 9 that did that.
Home: PM G4 (Sawtooth) 1.2GHz/1GB RAM/3 x 80GB HDs/DVD-RW and a
PB Pismo G3 400MHZ/512MB RAM/40GB HD/DVD, both computers with OS 9.22 and OS X.3.9;
Work: iMac G3 450MHz/512MB Ram/20GB HD/DVD with OS 9.22 (I am a high school math & physics teacher).