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The Mac Tradition

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 06/07/2002

Dear Mac Reader,

I want to tell you about a number of seemingly random conversations I've had lately, that when I think about them, contain a common thread: Transition.

I'll start with the MacMania Cruise during the last week of May. I wasn't on the cruise, but lots of my friends were, and we corresponded via email during the event. What I liked about their notes was the reportage about the great conversations with longtime Mac users who were uncomfortable with the rapid transition to Mac OS X. Many of them felt like the new OS was being "forced down their throats," and they wanted to express those feelings to enthusiastic OS X advocates.

As you know, O'Reilly is viewed as one of those forces pushing for the rapid deployment of Mac OS X. But that doesn't mean we're not concerned with the OS 9 community. Quite the opposite. We want to help those who want to make the transition to Mac OS X. The content in many of our books, on the Web site, and in the upcoming conference is geared for traditional Mac heads as well as the Unix crowd.

But sometimes we get so busy we forget to say that outright. So I want to thank all those folks on the MacMania Cruise who spoke up and reminded us to formally invite traditional Mac users to join us. Believe me, we want you there!

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Which brings me to another set of conversations ... those that are part of the planning of the Mac OS X conference that starts on Sept. 30. Our planning committee includes people with a broad spectrum of experience -- from inside Apple to shakers and movers in the open source community -- who want to create the perfect blend of sessions that will interest traditional and new users alike. Consider me your voice on that committee, and let me know your thoughts.

Finally I ran an article written by first-time Mac user, Jim Dearien, who wanted to build a mixed platform AirPort network at home. He succeeded, and was kind enough to write about his experience so I could share it with others. This is a standing invitation to you too. I love these stories.

See what I mean about transition? Whether you're moving to Mac OS X from Windows, Linux, or Mac OS 9, there's some discomfort. Just like in my early days of Macdom, the way we got through it was to openly share what we knew with others.

In a way, it's like 1985 all over again. And we can learn a lot from old-time Mac users who have been through this before.

Until next time,

Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
derrick@oreilly.com

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