OReillyMac: What advice do you guys have for those out there who are sitting on the bubble trying to decide to switch or not to Mac OS X? Is there a pros/cons checklist?
beamOSX: It's hard to say--it depends on what your needs are
alanosx: Buy now... try it... if it doesn't support hardware you need... keep it on the drive... and wait.
beamOSX: I think a home user whose livelihood doesn't depend on things that only work in 9...
beamOSX: would benefit from the switch
beamOSX: i agree with Alan
alanosx: I think another issue is $$$.
alanosx: UP THE RAM!
beamOSX: i think there are real tangible benefits to OS X that often get overlooked
OReillyMac: How much RAM?
beamOSX: as much as you can afford!
beamOSX: (maybe we shouldn't print that)
alanosx: Well... I would suggest more than 128MB... but then again I am running an iBook with 128 and have had no problems.
beamOSX: yeah, I've got 320 on my iBook
alanosx: I think there is very little value in waiting.
alanosx: So if it doesn't work for you now...
alanosx: it will in six months... at least begin to learn it now. Classic seems to work better than OS 9.
alanosx: if OS 9 crashes the system you lose everything. If Classic crashes, OS X still runs. No need to restart your computer, just launch Classic again. stability, stability, stability.
beamOSX: If only Apple would let people know more directly that updates don't cost you anything (especially for those coming from wintel where a "Service Pack" costs as much as the original OS, or whatever barbarism they endure)
beamOSX: seems like people are thinking "but won't I have to pay more for it in the fall" or something like that
OReillyMac: In all fairness though, it's more for power users at this point, right?
alanosx: I don't know...
beamOSX: I think Power Users and those who do e-mail and Internet
OReillyMac: It will never be free. I can tell you that.
beamOSX: the updates
beamOSX: 10 -> 10.1
beamOSX: these updates have always been free, and they will be pretty meaty updates in X
alanosx: I really think this comes down to hardware. without those drivers....what is the point?
alanosx: Classic is stable... it is fast... and it runs in OS X.
OReillyMac: Well the drivers are going to be there