Jaguar: Time to Stop Pussyfooting Around
Subject:   APPS and MONEY...
Date:   2002-08-02 06:24:31
From:   unclepain
OK, for the record- I like OSX. I don't love it, but it has some nice features that I feel will get even better in the future. I support about 30 Macs in our corporate environment and I'll tell you why we will not be upgrading to OSX anytime in the near future.
No Quark for OSX. No scanner support for our Umax scanners. No printer drivers for our Image setters. Then, lets factor in the costs. OSX.2- $129. RAM- $60 Software upgrades for all the apps my clients use in OS9- anywhere from 500 to 1500 bucks depending on the user. So, theoretically that could be over $50,000 just so our Mac guys can "upgrade". Will OSX make my clients $50,000 more productive? Even if all of our apps and hardware were updated to run under OSX, we wouldn't be able to afford to upgrade.

What else do most folks use their Macs for? Audio and video. Well, premiere is still no where to be found and lots of folks still use it instead of FInal Cut. Midi support will finally make it into OSX.2 which means the pro audio apps can finally start to port. That's alot of Mac users who have no reason to switch other than...."please support Apple- your mostest favorite computer company in the whole world." We need faster machines before we need Free-BSD with a candy coated shell.

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  • Derrick Story photo APPS and MONEY... $50,000? C'Mon!
    2002-08-02 07:45:31  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I get so tired of this "all or nothing" type of thinking. $50,000 to switch to Mac OS X? C'mon!

    Using your own numbers, how about $200 for Jaguar and a RAM upgrade. Load OS X on your computer and take advantage of the tools and applications that come bundled free. Get to know it.

    You can always boot back into 9 when you need to use the other apps that you're not ready to purchase for OS X yet. I still have an iMac that's all OS 9, and will probably remain so for some time. But I was able to switch my laptop to OS X, and I'm having a ball with it.

    I can't believe the lack of creativity I'm reading here.
  • APPS and MONEY...
    2002-08-02 13:48:58  elastic [View]

    Premiere 6.5 has been announced last week and is carbonized for OS X. Give it a month or two to ship if it isn't already and you will have that option.

    MOTU has released a flurry of drivers for their audio and MIDI hardware that seem to work well with a few freeware MIDI apps. Digital Performer has been announced for "4th quarter 2002". Emagic will probably be sooner than that with Logic. Audio apps are appearing right and left such as Peak and Spark. No mention of ProTools though...

    Things are coming together and not long after the 10.2 release I suspect that releases will accelerate.

    Other than cost, the software is appearing exponentially.