Originally posted by webmail
Who are "so many people"? Probably people who don't have access to actual copies of the latest builds or did something stupid like install a beta overtop of their current OS.
From where I sit 393 was nearly perfect. I'm getting the lastest download as we speak i'll install it tonight.
People I know who have been beta testing it as you say you are doing. Also Other places that I've been reading info on this have said that there still seem to be problems. Nothing really major, but enough.
If you've been testing it, can you say that it's in such good shape that it couldn't benefit from the extra two months? You've tested every function and feature? You have scanners, digital cameras, DVD writers, CRT and LCD monitors? You have every current video card, audio card, firewire and USB card? CAD/CAM, graphics, photo, publishing, spreadsheets, and databases like Oracle, Sybase, etc.? You have wired networking at all speeds, and wireless, with all the compatible cards? Firewire, USB, and Ethernet printers? Laser, and ink? Vinyl letter cutting machines? Firewire and USB drives? SCSI, iSCSI, P-ATA and S-ATA internal drives and all the cards for them, including Raid? Do I really have to go on? Do you think that as a beta tester you have tested even a small fraction of what can go wrong? I doubt it. Nearly perfect? When has Apple ever come out with a new version of X that was nearly perfect? I can't remember any. Can you? They can't even come out with an update that's nearly perfect. And I have 4 Macs at home, and had (just retired
) over 15 in my business. So I know.
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As for the "business people upgrade when they have to" bit. They have to when a software company upgrades their product with features they have been waiting for, and say that it only works with the new OS. In certain fields there is competitive pressure. It's not as simple as you think. When I read interviews in ComputerWorld or Infoworld, that is one of the things I see from IT people and large business executives. If you think that they can sit out a major upgrade, then you are not familiar with the business world. They can sit out an Office upgrade, but an OS upgrade is another thing entirely. There are major bits in the OS that need implementing on a constant basis. Exchange server compatibility is one of the most important of those. If it's in there, business with mixed networks will want to upgrade immediately. But if it's buggy, and that could have been fixed by two more months of testing... The truth is that they don't give a hoot about Apple's 26th anniversary. They want a stable product. Period. Apple has more to prove than MS. Apple is trying to get back into the enterprise. It's a very long road for them to walk as it is. I would bet if you asked any of them that they would all say that Apple should wait.
Before I get flamed, I am a big promoter for Apple. Here in the NYC school system, where we have almost 1,200 schools, I'm on technology committees as an unpaid advisor. I fight for Apple every step of the way. That's why I get annoyed when they want to introduce something as integral to their business as this is simply to have a big show on their anniversary. Foolish.