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have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: December 24, 2018 02:08PM
I really need to reduce the stress in my life and the constant fight to keep iTunes working or to keep OS X responsive is killing me. It's like we are back in the old OS9 days were multiple reboots per day was normal. Has anyone made the jump to another OS such as Linux or Windows? My computer's primary goal is to act as a media server using iTunes.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: December 24, 2018 02:29PM
Pismo still dual boots into Mac OS 9.x and Tiger. Triple boot if you include emulation of 9. :-)

Always keep some old, time-tested gear around so you know you have something that works. Migrate slowly. Find something that works, and keep it forever.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: GGD
Date: December 24, 2018 03:00PM
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davemchine
My computer's primary goal is to act as a media server using iTunes.

Can you accomplish this by just running older versions of iTunes and maybe an older version of Mac OSX to go with it.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: hal
Date: December 24, 2018 03:00PM
What if you used VLC as your media playing thingy?

I use a mac mini with VLC as my TV server and it's wonderful.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: December 24, 2018 03:26PM
dave,

I'm looking into dabbling with a flavor of Linux on an old machine. Not because I need to switch OSs for any reason but because I'm intrigued and want to play with Linux. That said, if you're having that many issues with iTunes or OS responsiveness, then you need to see if your machine has a underlying issue that requires troubleshooting. None of the machines I'm using have issues with iTunes and the OS. I'm using the current flavor of iTunes but under El Capitan (which for me, just works). What OS are you using on yours?
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: testcase
Date: December 24, 2018 03:28PM
I bought an inexpensive (< $200) ACER Chromebook last year when my 17"MBP was acting flakey. I was surprised by how much I liked it. Chromebooks have VERY limited RAM and storage so, if you need large storage, "the cloud" is pretty much a necessity.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 24, 2018 04:10PM
I use Ubuntu on my personal computer. There’s a Mac mini in our living room that stores photos, music , movies etc. My Linux machine runs CAD software for me. The boy has an old notebook running Ubuntu. He’s learning how to code on it. Wife uses an old MacBook Air she writes short stories and novels on it.



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 24, 2018 04:10PM
have you tried a clean install and MANUAL MIGRATION? copy documents, photos, music, etc. If you have some issue, it could carry over with Migration Assistant.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Pam
Date: December 24, 2018 04:43PM
My question is why are you having so many problems? I don't think there's a widespread issue. Maybe something with your system.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: December 24, 2018 04:47PM
I have no problems with OSX and iTunes. Most Macs are running El Capitan, but I recently upgraded to The 2014 mini to High Sierra - required for internal SSD drive
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: December 24, 2018 04:48PM
How can people have so many problems? I'm not on the bleeding edge of Appledom, but our 4 family Macs run day in and out without much of an issue. Once in a while we need to run an update. There is no way I would trade MacOS for Winblows or Linux for day to day use...nor iOS for Android.

Reboot? Maybe once every few months...



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: December 24, 2018 05:01PM
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davemchine
I really need to reduce the stress in my life and the constant fight to keep iTunes working or to keep OS X responsive is killing me…My computer's primary goal is to act as a media server using iTunes.

Oh, I don't know, Dave. I use my un-dedicated iMac as both a DVR and a media server to our two Apple TVs and everything is hunky-dory and has been so for years. I restart my system once in a blue moon.

I think you need to hunker down and do some deep troubleshooting.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 24, 2018 05:49PM
what those guys said.

Although we arent iTunes users (Ive mentioned that before) -- we do have 5 macs, and 6 iDevices and its all smooth.

Even my work iMac, with all Adobe crap, and 10 hours everyday runs pretty much flawlessly. Restart every few months or so.



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 24, 2018 05:59PM
I think that Dave is pushing itunes to its limits. If I remember correctly he has a MASSIVE video library with multiple libraries of entire TV series. I suspect that his issues may be because he's a fringe user case.



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 24, 2018 07:05PM
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ztirffritz
I think that Dave is pushing itunes to its limits. If I remember correctly he has a MASSIVE video library with multiple libraries of entire TV series. I suspect that his issues may be because he's a fringe user case.

maybe he should split it into several separate libraries

Movies
TV-Shows
Music
Audio Books
Porn
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 24, 2018 07:19PM
....not yet but looking to jump some bones....



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 24, 2018 08:58PM
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....not yet but looking to jump some bones....





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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: IronMac
Date: December 24, 2018 11:31PM
Moved to Windows four years ago. No problems so far, knock on wood.
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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 25, 2018 03:30AM
Despite the occasional nits (I'm not real happy with iTunes) I'm not close to considering another OS.




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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: December 25, 2018 01:06PM
I'm 80% on Windows 10 these days, and 10% on OS9. I find the Apple software I need to be too impaired, and the security measures cost too much in time and effort to make it worthwhile.

For video editing, I tried the Final Cut Pro X trial, but did not find it intuitive.

Plus, it would not import mpeg2 files, even with the Quicktime mpeg2 plugin -- which had to be installed by extracting the component from the install package and using the terminal to move it in place while logged in as root.

Plus, I tried to install the UT Video codec for Quicktime, but couldn't, even using the terminal while logged in as root.

Plus, I am not about to pay a monthly license fee for Adobe software.

Given that most of the video files I am working on are mpeg2 or UT Video, and given that Vegas on Windows 10 seems to work flawlessly for me, I've abandoned OSX for video work. Too bad, as the plug-ins I wanted to use do not work with Vegas.



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: December 25, 2018 10:17PM
Isn't it universally recognized that Apple has turned iTunes into a gigantic P.O.S.?

If you can find an alternative app (or multiple apps) to iTunes, then wouldn't OS X be fine?



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Re: have you made the jump to another OS?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: December 26, 2018 12:19AM
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S. Pupp
…it would not import mpeg2 files, even with the Quicktime mpeg2 plugin…I tried to install the UT Video codec for Quicktime, but couldn't

Yes, I guess if you're working with obsolete or marginal codecs, modern Macs would be frustrating.

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…the security measures cost too much in time and effort

Huh? Macs are considered to be pretty secure right out of the box.
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