Since I triggered this thread, I feel compelled to respond [again]
One observation I have to make [again] is that from the bulk of the posts here most people here are early adopters, OS experimenters (as shown by the # of Linux users), & Mac fans.
Don't get me wrong, I *love* the underlying stability. It's the behaviour of the GUI that is a serious problem for me. One poster mentioned OS familiarity vs. functionality and I've kept that in mind, ever since I first got the opportunity to play with DP4 nearly a year ago.
I have attempted to be objective in my experiments with OSX because I long ago recognised that there are GUI kludges in Mac OS 8/9 & Windows 95/98/2000/etc (yes, I include Windows because, like it or not, it's a pretty polished interface) that are likely not optimal and merely legacy items.
As for the one comment that Mac OS 8 vs. 9 are markedly different: I disagree. If you know how to use OS 8, it will take you *seconds* to figure out OS 9 and vice versa for 90-95% of the not-so-everyday Finder tasks. For everyday tasks they are virtually identical. Thus, lumping 8/9 is not an unreasonable assumption.
For everyday tasks OS 8/9 are not different in from OS X (except that there has been a further improvement in multitasking over 8 to 9 to X) [of course, there's also not that much of a difference b/t Mac OS and Windows for those tasks]. You create documents, enter data, play games, quit programmes, draw shapes, type, etc the same way.
What kills OS X for me is that I've been stuck in a Kalidoscope scheme (from which I cannot escape by disabling Kalidoscope (I don't like Windows, even after having used it for 1000s of hours, because IT IS UGLY vs. Mac OS 6/7/8/9) which sucks beyond belief, fonts that are too big for my young eyes (I'm nowhere near far-sighted), etc. I like the *look* of OS X (it looks *good*), but when it comes to using it all the fanciness takes over and interferes with the work (which is why I have never been fond of Kalidoscope themes b/c 99% of them are too fancy for my tastes... I'm a minimalist in decoration).
And, furthermore, we have been given a Greg's Browser type program instead of a Finder. Greg's Browser is a program which I've tried over the years on the Mac OS 7/8/9 side (since it's early years) and found it uninteresting for file manipulation every time. It was a neat toy under System 7.x, but Finder releases under OS 8/9 have rendered it superfluous and klunky. Similarly, the file browsers on the Windows side have always been handy *addons* but never capable of replacing the Desktop, and folders.
The other things that don't endear OS X's interface to me are the exact same interface flaws I dislike in Windows: Start menu/Task bar = Dock [At least Window's Task bar takes up less screen real-estate]; the annoying location of the close, zoom and hide buttons [whenever I observe not so computer savvy Window XX users get frustrated with windows is when they try to close a window but end up maximising it, or vice versa b/c the buttons are too close together... at least Apple didn't make us DOUBLE-CLICK to close a window].
Ah well, as I said in my first post, and others have said: this is but a first release. Apple will either have to fix the problems so that the GUI is acceptable to most people's sensitivities, or else face the prospect of having people desperately sticking with OS 9 (which is a well supported OS with a *smooth* interface (I dare say it's interface is [at the moment] by FAR the best)).
Oh, one last comment about this being a "1.0" version. Two problems: it's *not* being marketed as 1.0 but as 10.0 so people should expect a clean product experience & the other one is that it was possible to release a rough OS in 1984, and even when Windows 3.1 came out in 91, but we're in the year 2001 now. Windows 2000/ME/etc is pretty smooth. It's moderately crash proof (sometimes), fast in day-to-day operation (provided you don't restart), and well supported. Mac OS 9 is very smooth, well supported, and, if you don't run too many strange softwares, pretty crash proof itself.
Anyway, I'm sure Apple will fix up the worst of the problems which is why I'm not giving up on OS X entirely. It's just not an OS that's ready for the mainstream (I'm nowhere near mainstream but I despise having to fight with my computer, or *ever* having to face a CLUI). I don't have the luxury of being able to waste time on my computer experimenting with a new OS as this is the middle of my field season. I need my computer too much to facilitate my research so I can't spend an entire day on playing with OS X
(I wish I could)
One last, one last comment that I thought of: GUI familiarity may not necessarily be a bad thing. If we lose more by having to learn a new GUI than we gain by learning that GUI, it's not worth the change. I'd love to have a crystal ball to see whether this switch will cost Apple customers. 680x0 to PPC was a seamless transition, right from the 6100/60 onwards. I'm not convinced the transition to Aqua will be as seamless.
I guess my beef is with Aqua, and not OS X proper. Time for someone to write a new interface (because I *really* want the UNIX core but don't want to bother with a new [ugly in MY opinion] interface)!!!
Well, enjoy, and make the OS X experience better for the late comers by providing software developers with ideas