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Four Mac OS X upgrades in three years... too much?


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Or maybe they will never stop with the 10.

who knows we could be at 10.40 someday

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I've got no problem with calling my next OS "O Sexy".

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I believe that 10.4 is coming. I have read that 10.3.3 is in beta.
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We have gone from 10.2 -> 10.2.1 to 10.2.8, and then 10.3. So we have a lot of room before we even get to OS XI
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Panther is so very much worth it. They still have jaguar at my school, so I've been using that for about 1.5 years...or something like that....it probably wasn't jaguar that whole time.....and then I saw panther, and everything that I didn't like about Jaguar (that I still liked more than windows) was fixed....pretty much...as far as I can think right now..yeah
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i guess im glad that i missed the jaguar upgrade.

what was the name of OS 10.1 by the way
10.1 puma
10.2 jaguar
10.3 panther
10.4 cougar / cheetah / Simha or Simba (lion)
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in my opinion, compared to the price of Windows, Mac OS upgrades are cheap.
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in my opinion, compared to the price of Windows, Mac OS upgrades are cheap.
How do you figure?
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in my opinion, compared to the price of Windows, Mac OS upgrades are cheap.
Really? All of the minor releases are free, and the major ones can be had for around $120 if you buy a system builder OEM
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Yet in the PC world it is becoming ages between OS releases -- Long Horn was due out in '04 - then '05 - then '06 - then they said '08 ..... At that point there was a formal rebellion by dell - hp - gateway where they took MSFT to task and beat the **** out of them ---- bottom line is "we sell more PCs after an OS upgrade --- your screwed up release dates are killing our sales" ------------- Long Horn is now locked for late '05 early '06

Feast or famine ---- I believe releases with real "meaningful" updates / enhancements should come every 18 - 24 months - at a fair price
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How do you figure?
I paid 139 UKP for the family pack, that's 5 licences, for Tiger. As I have 4 Macs that makes sense.

A single user copy of XP-Home is currently selling for 159 UKP (and that is a "web exclusive" price, in-store it's 180!) from PC World.

OEM copies are useless because if you change the mobo it will no longer work, i.e it is a non-transferable OS which stays registered to the first person/machine combo you tell MS about.

Even then the OEM price for XP-Pro is greater than the single user price for Tiger.

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I paid 139 UKP for the family pack, that's 5 licences, for Tiger. As I have 4 Macs that makes sense.

A single user copy of XP-Home is currently selling for 159 UKP (and that is a "web exclusive" price, in-store it's 180!) from PC World.

OEM copies are useless because if you change the mobo it will no longer work, i.e it is a non-transferable OS which stays registered to the first person/machine combo you tell MS about.

Even then the OEM price for XP-Pro is greater than the single user price for Tiger.

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OEM does not become "useless" if you change motherboards. The system builder XP Pro OEM that you can get, as with the link I gave above, has to be purchased with hardware (a $5 mouse will do), and is cheaper than OSX retail and works just fine with any x86 hardware. XP Home OEM can be had for $69.

You might have to reactivate if you have substantial hardware changes but it doesn't quit working. Reactivation requires nothing more than a 5 minute phone call where you assure the MS representative that you don't have a copy of the OS currently installed on other hardware, but they don't check in any other way. I've done this more than once when upgrading my own home computer or changing hardware at work.

An exception to this are versions included with premade computers (such as a Dell) that can only be loaded on hardware from that company, but will install on other computers from the same company (which you can't complain to much about being an Apple fan, right?)

Edit:

A quick google search found this:

http://www.planetmicro.co.uk/product...ckcode=M000166

XP pro for 89.95 GBP. Still not as cheap as I've seen in the US, but on a par with what you'll pay for OS X. (And yes, I do realize that XP is a couple of years old now)
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UK prices must be different because in the US a 5-license family pack of OS X is about double the price of an OEM copy of XP Home. I paid around $100USD for XP Home when it came out and I haven't paid anything since then. I only bought it because I wanted it right when it came out and I would have had to wait a couple months before my university's bookstore started selling the $5 student version. Apple's cost for a student version of OS X is $70.

I do like the idea of Apple's family pack though, but it doesn't help me at all being a single user.
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UK prices must be different because in the US a 5-license family pack of OS X is about double the price of an OEM copy of XP Home. I paid around $100USD for XP Home when it came out and I haven't paid anything since then. I only bought it because I wanted it right when it came out and I would have had to wait a couple months before my university's bookstore started selling the $5 student version. Apple's cost for a student version of OS X is $70.

I do like the idea of Apple's family pack though, but it doesn't help me at all being a single user.
Yeah, the family pack is a good deal. Apple seems to price their OS for the home user, while MS seems aimed at a business model. You can get various deals from MS but you have to shop around. I don't know anything about UK pricing but I'd be a bit startled if you can't find better prices than that.

If you are a consultant or some such and are looking for a good deal in MS software, they have a deal called the "action pack" where you get multiple licences for much of their software (including 10 for XP pro and 10 for Office 2003, in addition to many of their server offerings) for $300 (199 GBP), which includes quarterly updates ($200 to continue with it after the first year).

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/partner/...ng/actionpack/

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