Originally Posted by lkrupp
Oh but you should see the outrage and indignation at Apple’s discussions forums. Mavericks is declared to be the absolute worst, most unstable, bug ridden, feature deficient piece of crap Apple has ever released. It is unusable, unstable, unfriendly, and every other un- you can imagine.
And if you dare to say otherwise, well, your days will be numbered. You’re just one of the ‘lucky’ ones for whom it runs well. EVERYONE else is dissatisfied, disenchanted, dismayed, depressed, disparaged.
Those discussions threads are hilarious to read by the way.
I don't get it, though. Maybe I'm just not paying attention. Which would mean I've been ignorant about how every available version of OS X that I have installed on this machine has been running since October 2008 (once the unibodies were released, I figured I could get a deal on the previous model, and I did.)
I just never really had any complaints worth writing (ranting?) about, from Leopard to Mavericks. Everything always more or less performed as expected and to my satisfaction. Features present/absent are a different story, but I've always asked whether something works as intended, and if it does, then we've left the realm of bugs and defects and are looking at design decisions. And the design decisions that Apple has made from Leopard to Mavericks have run just fine on this machine.
The only operating systems that didn't agree with this machine were Lion Beta 1, and now Yosemite Beta 2 (although Beta 1 ran great.) Beta 2 seems to keep my fans running like crazy. But these were and are betas. I expect Yosemite to run optimally or near it upon release, given that my machine is *officially* supported by Apple. Experience gives me no reason to believe otherwise.
Everything seems reasonably quick in Mavericks, at least to the degree that I'm totally fooled by it if it isn't supposed to be this way. Safari does indeed feel snappy. Applications open quickly enough. The machine runs quiet, and has no problem driving a 24-inch display. Aperture works fine - my edits apply as they should. HD videos and movies play smoothly. Power management is as it should be - or at least how I want it. Activity Monitor usually doesn't report anything amiss or something that I don't already know about (occasional loads caused by Flash, etc.) Games run as expected on a machine like this. It does what I want it to do to the degree that I don't notice anything. I just get work done and enjoy my media content on it and whatever else I like to use it for. It's a workhorse and does the job nicely. And it plays nicely with iCloud and my other Apple devices.
Mission Control eye-candy animations aren't always as smooth as they could be, but I imagine it's due to the machine's age. The Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT 256MB isn't exactly the latest monster GPU. But even here, it's nothing particularly annoying. It still works reasonably well.
I'm a pretty Joe Average user, though not afraid to play in the Terminal now and then, and I use a couple of "Pro" level tools on a regular basis, namely Aperture and InDesign (though the latter isn't the most recent version.) And I'll throw Mellel in there if we're talking word processors, since Mellel is probably one of the highest iterations of "pure" Mac word processors for "power users", and I'm quite happy with it.
Nothing particularly negative to report. *shrug*
I guess it's great to be so lucky. ;)
Edited by Quadra 610 - 6/20/14 at 7:25am