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MacWeek: Mac OS X a hit with first users

Sep 27, 2000, 17:16 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Gillitt)

[ Thanks to Raphael Marmier for this link. ]

"ZDNet News last week put out a call to early adopters of Mac OS X on several Mac-centric message boards, soliciting their initial reactions to Apple's biggest OS shift in more than a decade. The consensus from users of every stripe: Despite a few rough edges and shortcomings in the beta, most users are enthusiastic about Apple's efforts to build a friendly interface atop a core of modern Unix features."

"When I first logged into OS X, I felt like Dorothy not being in Kansas anymore," said Allen Petlock. "I initially rejected the new Finder (screen shot) because it didn't function exactly like the old one. ... But once I started using the stuff they added, I began to see the light. "My day job is support for high-end storage systems on NT and Unix, so I know a fair deal (about Unix). Apple, in one step, has blown by any GUI existing for Linux and even things like CDE on Solaris into something that is truly functional and intuitive."

"Unix and Linux experts are already stepping in to plug some of the gaps in the beta. In one case, someone has already ported a Linux PPPoE client over to OS X. Now they are working on a GUI for the port. This is something new and unique for Mac users who aren't accustomed to hackers coming to our aid. I think it's a great thing."

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