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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Leopard Landing


So I received my copy of Leopard two days ago via Apple's up-to-date program for this big cat via FedEx Ground. I was expecting a retail box with the fancy hologram graphic. Instead, I get a plain, padded envelope containing the DVD and a small manual. A bit disappointing, but oh well.

It is my habit to always perform a clean install whenever I upgrade. This time is no different. I just had to make sure I can re-install iLife '08 on top afterwards. A co-worker did it, except he had to run Software Update after installing the application suite to get the Leopard-compatible versions.

Having read in Ars Technica's review its scathing criticism of Leopard's Finder, I was curious as to how it would be like for me. Having used it for the past two days, I must concur.

Nonetheless, I was impressed by the overall speed of Leopard's user interface. I am glad I opted for an iMac over a Mac mini for the more powerful graphics capabilities Leopard is offloading to the GPU. I am betting my iMac will run future versions of Mac OS X better than a mini. If you are running Leopard on a mini, I would like to hear about your experience with Leopard.

Moving along, the lack of support for Time Machine over a networked volume is rather disappointing. I read/hear a lot of complaints about its inability to backup large files (Entourage databases, virtual machine disk images, etc.) efficiently. But my experience with other backup mechanisms tells this is an issue with them, too, no? Maybe ZFS will help. But I am not holding my breath for it to happen within the 10.5.x timeframe. It seems like too big a change to put into a point release. I do, however, believe Apple should be responsible for trying its hardest to get Time Machine to work withe networked volumes, if what everyone says about it being pulled late in the beta process is true. Technically Apple isn't obligate, unless someone wants to take some class action along the lines of Mac OS X's failure to fully support G3 machines (see here and here). It's more of a goodwill, thing.

Cover Flow within the Finder is interesting, although it frustrated me at first. I downloaded several desktop backgrounds from interfacelift.com, which rendered nicely when viewed using Cover Flow. But when I copied some family photos from my old Mac (which was stored outside of iPhoto), the Cover Flow images looked pixelated and ugly. Then I found out from this forum
that I needed to remove the custom icons from these files. This worked, but it also modified the modification timestamp on my pictures, which many programs use to track when the picture was taken. Hmm. Maybe I'll try iPhoto. More on this in a future post.

Lastly, I installed Xcode 3.0 and did some brief reading on Objective-C 2.0. Sounds interesting.

There is a lot more to do to get my digital life onto the new Mac. Heck, I haven't even gotten E-mail set up yet. So much to do, so little time...

Cheers!

1 comment:

Paul said...

I read somewhere that the Up To Date DVD only allows for an upgrade option. I'd like to do an upgrade using the archive and install option and I am wondering if it is worth it to still go for the Up To Date option which is costing me about a fifth of the cost of the retail version.

Do you have any thoughts on this?