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Subject:   10.2 is probably great. It's just not worth $129
Date:   2002-08-02 19:19:33
From:   digs0
Derrick's article does a great job of summarizing why 10.2 isn't worth the price Apple is charging for it. I'm glad he left Sherlock (Watson ripoff), iChat (what does it do that Fire.app or AIM don't? nothing), and Inkwell (who has the equipment to use this?) off his list, but the other features are equally unimpressive to the basic Mac user. Derrick follows the common Mac fan thinking that we have to support Apple. Wrong. We owe Apple nothing. Apple owes us. No, not free software. They owe us a compelling reason to pay $129 for 10.2 if they want $129, and Jaguar ain't it. Let's look at those features:

1. Fast Finder: Fast compared to what? OS 9? This is an incremental upgrade feature, not a full one.

2. Mail.app: more stable than Entourage? really? the Entourage that hasn't crashed once on me? How much more stable do you need to be? And so it integrates better with Apple's proprietary services. That argument only makes sense if you think paying $99/year for .Mac makes sense. It doesn't.

3. Rendezvous: Great, only who can use it yet? No one. And by the time you CAN use it, Apple will want you to pony up another $129 for 10.3. Why not just wait?

4. Integration of FreeBSD 4.4 and GCC 3.1 into Darwin:
5. Common UNIX Print System (CUPS) for print sharing:
6. Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP):
7. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol 3.0 (LDAP):
The average O'Reilly reader may care, but you *know* this means nothing to the average Mac user.
8. Quartz Extreme: Yeah, maybe it improves performance, but the truth is that as with the Finder, software-based performance enhancements are generally just not noticeable to the average user. For better performance, how about a G5?
9. Address Book: This is really the lamest advertised feature of 10.2. No one has yet explained why this is so much better than the "horrible" Address Book in 10.1. Fine, it integrates with your apps--when they're rewritten to do so. The current address book already integrates with mail.app. Yawn.
10. QuickTime 6: How, exactly, does paying for 10.2 gain me any advantage on this? It doesn't.

The simple truth is that by all accounts, what 10.2 offers is a bit of a performance improvement, a bunch of "new" apps that aren't any different from things you can already use in 10.1, and some networking bells and whistles that nothing (including Apple's latest iPods) supports yet. To reiterate, by the time those things DO come along and are inexpensive enough to buy, Apple will be asking you to shell out another $129 for 10.3.

I'm a Mac fan, but I'm not a Mac fanatic. I'm not just going to give them my money because they ask for it. As many, many people have pointed out, there is simply no incentive for a current 10.1 user to pay $129 to upgrade. If I'm going to have to pay full price for 10.3, I'll pass on 10.2, thanks.