In This Chapter
Understanding the advantages of OS X
Checking your system requirements
Upgrading from earlier versions of Mac OS
Installing OS X
Running OS X for the first time
It’s human nature to require instant gratification from your software. I’ve seen it countless times: Someone runs a program, immediately feels comfortable with it, and then spends the rest of his days using that program religiously. Or another person plays with the same program for 120 seconds and dismisses it as too difficult or too confusing. It’s rather like watching a fashion show runway in Rome or Paris: There had better be eye appeal pretty quickly, or the bucks won’t flow.
Ditto for modern computer operating systems. An operating system (OS) is the basic software that determines the look and feel of your entire computer and usually extends to the programs that you run as well. Microsoft felt the pinch of an old-fashioned OS when Windows 98 and Windows Me (Millennium ...