In the interests of simplifying my life (and partly as an effort to Get more Things Done), I’ve been giving some thought to the way my computer works and the way I set it up. What’s the simplest setup I could use?
Yesterday I had a chance to find out. Having experimented with Ubuntu Linux on my G3 iBook for a couple of months, I decided the time had come to put OS X back on it. I picked Panther, just to see if 10.3.9 would be faster and more reliable on this old (600MHz) machine than Tiger (some people have suggested this might be the case, in their experience).
So with my shiny fresh Panther install, rather than going through my usual list of must-installs and must-downloads, I paused and considered: how many of these extras do I really need? What could I get away with leaving out? To what degree could I get by with the tools provided by a plain fresh install?
There were some things I had to get on the computer: Camino, natch, and Quicksilver, Tweak Freak, QuickImageCM, and TextForge. But that’s where I stopped; I’m going to wait and see how well I can get by on this machine without clogging it up with unnecessary junk.
What’s the least you could get away with on a fresh, clean Mac