Tag Archive for ‘Operating System’

macOS Catalina Is More Trouble Than It’s Worth ➝

Riccardo Mori:

What I want from a new version of an operating system, especially one as mature as Mac OS, is that it fixes or improves what was not working well in previous versions, and that it leaves tried-and-true features and functionalities as untouched as technically possible. I don’t need and I don’t want disruption for disruption’s sake on a yearly basis. While I understand that today’s tech motto is The show must go on, that also doesn’t have to mean that the show should get painful to watch.

Instead, Catalina has so far proven to be quite the disruptive experience.

My work laptop, a 2018 MacBook Air, is still running on Mojave and I don’t expect I’ll upgrade the machine any time soon. I can’t risk running into any unexpected issues with the software I rely on to get things done. I might not run Catalina on my work computer until I get a new one that comes with it pre-installed in 6–12 months.

This feeling isn’t unique to my work laptop, though. I’ve reached a point in my life where I care more about my devices working than I do about having the shiny new features of the latest software update. This is undoubtedly influenced by the quality of Apple’s software over the last few years (or lack there of). But I certainly don’t mind being a bit behind and not having to deal with all the new annoyances — at least until they’ve had a chance to iron things out a bit.

➝ Source: morrick.me

macOS Naming Conventions ➝

Rene Ritchie wonders what identifier Apple would use alongside their rumored desktop OS rebranding — macOS. My hunch is they’ll stick with the “locations in California” theme and attach the operating system’s proper version number in instances where differentiation is necessary. That means Apple’s current OS would be referred to as macOS El Capitan (10.11).

OS X’s Potential Name Change ➝

Jason Snell, writing on Six Colors:

But there was another little slip that was very interesting to me. It probably means nothing, but when Maestri listed off Apple’s four major product platforms, he said this: “We’ve built a huge installed base around four platforms: iOS, Mac OS, watchOS, and tvOS.”

Officially, that second platform is still “OS X.” But calling it Mac OS instead sure fits better, doesn’t it?

If Apple continues calling their desktop operating system “OS X” after iOS 10 is announced, I’ll be shocked. I suspect OS X will receive a name change in the near future and will be referred to as “macOS” from that point forward.

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite ➝

As Apple announced on stage at the event yesterday, Yosemite is now available on the App Store as a free upgrade to users of Mavericks and Mountain Lion. I’ve been using Yosemite on my secondary Mac for the past few months and it’s a solid release with a lot of welcomed changes and improvements.

If you plan on upgrading today I’d suggest making a fresh backup before hitting the update button. I’d personally recommend SuperDuper! for these types of situations, but a Time Machine backup should suffice.

I plan on waiting a month or two before upgrading, though. Yosemite has been very stable on the 2008 iMac I’ve been running it on. But, I’d rather wait for Apple to fix the bugs that everyone else finds than be one of the users finding them. As Aaron Mahnke astutely put it on Twitter:

Yesterday, Apple announced that I will be installing Yosemite on January 16, 2015.

I’m not sure I’ll wait quite that long, but Aaron has the right idea. I’ll probably end up upgrading during the last week of December when my day job slows down a bit.

Microsoft Officially Announces Windows 10 ➝

I don’t see a lot that interests me. Certainly nothing worth switching over. And, I can’t believe they went with the name “Windows 10.” As John Gruber points out, what once was an April Fool’s joke is now an actual news story.

Microsoft Announces ‘Windows 9’ Event ➝

When was the last time that Microsoft announced a version of Windows that people were excited about? Longhorn in 2003-ish?

OS X Beta Seed Program ➝

Apple is now offering their OS X Beta program to the public. Anyone with an Apple ID can sign up to have access to beta builds of OS X.

In my younger years I would have jumped at the opportunity to install the bleeding edge version of OS X on my MacBook. But, at this point I’d rather have things that just work rather than struggle with buggy software just to have a few features before the rest of the world.

Jim Dalrymple Takes a Look at OS X Mavricks ➝

Writing on The Loop:

The real shining point of Mavericks is the continued integration between OS X and iOS. Whether it’s Maps directions shared to your mobile device or passwords being synced from your iPhone to your Mac, Apple is making their entire ecosystem work for the user.

Apple is really good at releasing extremely well-built versions of OS X. They might not be heavy on flashy features but they make up for it with integration between all of their products and a long list of solid improvements.