How much time did you spend on m4l Live 9 edition for Windows yourself?
I’m sure you’re a brilliant programmer, but being unapolegetically arrogant because of that, - is not really helpful.
As you hinted above yourself, many of the disagreements about m4l stems excactly from the (false) assumption, that MAX, m4l for Mac and m4l for Windows are all the same program - and people who believe this, naturally expect them to work the same way.
But they are not. And they don’t.
At least not in my experience.
I actually considered buying a Macintosh computer for a while, - just to try a version of MAX that actually worked. But since I generally don’t like the way Mac run their business (Itunes, lack of backwards compatability etc.), I ended up deciding against it.
Puredata seems all right. I’ve seen some amazing visuals done in that program, but it is - in my opinion - less well suited for music production.