The Declaration of Independence from OS9

by Gregory Ng Jul 01, 2003

image With the upcoming July 4th celebration here in the United States, I thought I would share with you some of my thoughts. I present to you,

The Declaration of Independence from OS9
The unanimous Declaration of Me, Gregory Ng, Apple Matters. When in the Course of operating system efficiency, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the dual OS dependencies which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of Panther, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Progress entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of Mac Users requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that Classic and OSX are not created equal, that they are drastically different in so many ways, that among these are file sharing, system crashes, software compatibility, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, we should banish Classic from our computers. That whenever any Form of a Classic Application becomes destructive to profitability and efficiency, that whenever a printer, scanner, or drawing tablet is dependant on OS9 extensions, it is the Right of the Mac Users everywhere to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new applications, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Happiness. We, therefore, the Representatives of Mac users everwhere, appealing to the software engineers, programmers, and Apple, do, in the Name, and by the authority of the loyal Mac followers, solemnly publish and declare. That we are, and of Right ought to be Free of OS9; that all connections between us and and any software dependant on OS9 ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent thinkers, they have full Power to Think Different, and do all other Acts and Things which independent thinkers may of right do. The signers of the Declaration represented as follows:

Gregory Ng
Contributing Editor, AppleMatters

All who wish to join me in this declaration, please sign below.


  • Right on.  Count me in.

    —Tom Bridge
    Business Manager
    MacSlash, Inc.

    Tom Bridge had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 1
  • i’m in. Luckily I switched to inDesign (which I recommend everyone do) so I haven’t been held hostage by quark.

    I’ve been classic free for six months.

    bobby had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 15
  • God Save the Queen…

    Chris Hvid had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 1
  • Thanks!, Greg. I’m looking forward to Ambrosia’s ports of Apeiron, Barrack, and Chiral.

    - Ben Rosenthal
    Consultant/Mac Fanatic
    Sustainable Computing

    Ben Rosenthal had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 10
  • Having spent many, many years working on publication applications in Classic, I’ve lost more work than I can imagine because the system decided it didn’t like something I’d done.

    (Quark is the worst offender. I hereby banish you to hell! Even when Quark 6 is shipping, you will assuredly still crash my computer!)

    If we free ourselves of Classic, things might just work, the way we Macintosh users have always said they would. Independence Day, here I come!

    Wes Meltzer had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 1
  • I’m still using my old copy of Managing Your Money.  If you drop Classic, one of my main day-to-day uses of my Mac disappears, and switching to Quicken will lose me all my previous years check registers, etc.  Since converting a full year’s worth of transactions would really be a pain, I’d effectively be blocked from Panther until after I file my taxes in 2004.  So what harm is there to the rest of you to keep Classic?  No upgrading needed, just make it available when necessary!

    Larry had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 2
  • OS 9 Free and lovin’ it!<br>
    I proudly add my name, Marcus Lingl, to the Declaration of Independence from OS9.

    Marcus had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 1
  • Once Quark 6 is burned in I hope that most Apple users will be able to let go of OS 9.
    I suppose that there are still some users who haven’t found replacements for their primary applications.
    I suppose there are also some Apple users who are hanging on to OS 9 because they think that it is better than OS X or because they think that OS X is some evil scheme by Apple to get their money or to make their old machines obsolete. While I think that OS 9 was better than most operating systems out there I suspect that Apple had no choice but to introduce a new and even better OS than OS 9. I believe that without OS X Apple would be chapter eleven and we would all be shopping for a WinTel device. Regardless of belief everyone should take OS X for a spin.

    oldwhine had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 2
  • You’re getting seriously weird, man.. Really.

    Hoby Van Hoose had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 15
  • “We must all hang together in this effort or we shall surely hang separately”  : )

    Ben Franklin had this to say on Jul 01, 2003 Posts: 1
  • I’m in. Until I had to work through a troubleshooting problem with my mother in law I hadn’t started Classic in six months. From now on, that’s the only Classic I’ll be doing—until we finish moving her to OS X.

    Tim Jarrett had this to say on Jul 02, 2003 Posts: 1
  • I have one use for OS 9 at this point.

    SounEdit 16. An abandoned piece of fantasticly useful software that, to this day, runs in Classic mode.

    Other than that, I only boot into OS X. That is, when I actually start up my computer instead of just waking it up.

    But other than that, count me in for a OS 9 Declaration of Independance signature.

    Waa had this to say on Jul 29, 2003 Posts: 110
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