This post happens to be written on a PowerBook G3 Series (“WallStreet”) running MacOS 9.0.4 but that’s because
a) I just happen to be booted in 9 today. Tomorrow I may be booted in 10.2.8. Or 8.1, I can and still do run 8.1 on this machine some of the time. And it still works. As soon as XPostFacto produces a hack that lets me load Panther on this now-elderly pre-USB computer, I’m putting Panther on it and I have every confidence that it will work too.
b) I’m too lazy to switch to the 7100 sitting next to me and reboot it in System 7.6 just so I could post to this thread and say I posted from a 7100 running System 7.6. I could though. It still works too. The computer’s only 8 years old after all, and System 7.6 is slightly younger than that. (It can run Photoshop, Bryce, FileMaker, Excel 2001, SoundEdit, Audion, Mozilla, Eudora, and Toast and it can support full color display on three monitors concurrently as an extended desktop, which ain’t half bad for an 8 year old computer with a completely abandoned hardware and software architecture – NuBus, ADB, Serial Port, 72 pin SIMMS, 40 MHz bus, classic MacOS).
Cartooniverse, sorry you got a buggy computer and/or buggy installed configuration. I have met old Colonel Panic a few times myself, but I’m one of those people who could crash an IBM 3090 from a remote terminal just by glaring at it. I fracture anvils. I’ve certainly hosed NT and XP a few times. (In fact 25 minutes after first sitting down to NT Workstation for the first time ever I did it in so bad they had to re-ghost the hard drive).
Mostly I must agree with those who say Mac operating systems are generally very solid. I can think of a few exceptions as well as few spectacularly robust releases, but the overall track record is pretty good.
“It’s a Mac. It just works” is the rule for most of us.