Apple's decision to move to OS X-only booting in 2003 has been applauded by Macworld online readers – the move was supported by 73 per cent of respondents in an online poll.

Last week, Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, announced at Apple Expo Paris that from January 2003, Mac OS X would be the sole start-up operating system on all new models, though they will retain the ability to run most Mac OS 9 applications through the Classic environment.

Jobs said: "We expect 20 per cent of our entire installed base will be using Mac OS X by the end of this year, making it the fastest operating system transition in recent history.

"It’s time for Apple and third-party developers to focus exclusively on Mac OS X."

Joy One reader jubilantly cried: "OS X is the way forward."

There was even more praise for the OS, a respondent commented: "It hurts to say, but 10.2 is far better than 9, 8, 7 could ever be."

Readers clamoured for the speedy release of Quark's Mac OS X version of desktop publishing application QuarkXPress:

"When XPress and Pro Tools are available for OS X, OS X adoption will explode. Roll on January 2003," said one reader.

Outbound XPress Another added: "I expect all the critical pieces will be in place by January. If Quark isn't ready they're the ones in trouble. They are well on the way to irrelevance in any case."

"We want XPress for X and it better be good," warned one respondent.

24 per cent of those polled felt Classic isn't good enough to run OS 9.x applications.

One reader commented: "Most of my software won't run on OS X, and most developers haven't caught up yet."

"We shouldn't be bullied into using OS X - I'd like the choice."

Four per cent of those polled are indifferent.