Mac OS 10.5 Leopard – so far so good

mac os box logo I picked up a 13″ black MacBook in June of this year to replace my compaq. I’ve had a 450Mhz G4 Cube running 10.4 Tiger mainly for Safari to test out some web development and it wasn’t that bad to use for email and browsing.

I had a good idea what to expect from a MacBook and it was everything I had expected and wanted from a computer. By day I work as a Systems Administrator for a cellular company and am waist deep in Linux, OpenBSD and FreeBSD. I’m very conferable on the command line and monkeying around with things to get them to work just the way I want. When I first started using my MacBook daily I noticed that I didn’t have to do much to get things to work. It went like this.

“Hey I want to join the WPA network at work how would I do that, maybe I need to edit something or compile something. Hey let me click the little airport thing in the top bar. Oh hey theres the work network *click* Oh nifty its prompting me for the password *types password*. Hello Internet”

I know its been said before and will be said again but you really do Think Different. Its that things really do Just Work. I’ve never seen anything like this with a computer. There is no monkeying around at all. Most things work just how you would expect them to.

I was a little worried about upgrading to Leopard because I’ve never done an upgrade on a mac before. My G4 came with Tiger setup and the install DVD so I didn’t have to worry about settings or anything when I reinstalled that. I was worried I would lose my settings and pictures and music and everything. I posted on some forums and was assured that it wouldn’t be a problem and would just work.

I got home from work to find the FedEx package waiting, I opened it up and was again impressed with apple and their level of detail and overall product packaging. I wanted to test first on my G4 Cube but quickly found out that it will not install on a 450Mhz processor. With that I slid the disk into my MacBook and clicked the Upgrade button and the MacBook rebooted.leopard_box_125.jpg

I walked through the installation which was only
answering a few questions

  • Chose an language
  • Confirm you install disk
  • Affirm to a license agreement.

The installation scared me when it said it would take 5 hours and 31 minutes to complete. I didn’t know what to do so I just let it do it’s thing. It really only took about an hour or so to run, I’m not exactly sure because my wife and I were watching a movie.

All is said and done and it wants me to reboot. I’m scared when I see a familiar blue screen and not my desktop but I sat there just waiting and hoping it worked and I just hadn’t lost everything. As if by magic there was my wallpaper and desktop. It had kept all of my user settings and programs I had installed.

It could be in my mind but it seems snappier and more responsive. There doesn’t seem to be any lag when opening windows or changing spaces. There was some very sluggish performance when I first upgraded but that was to Spotlight rebuild its index and TimeMachine doing its thing on my external 320Gb FireWire drive.

 

promo_leopard_utd.jpg I stopped TimeMachine and let Spotlight finish its index and just before I started this TimeMachine started and is now doing a full back up of about 111GB. There doesn’t seem to be any performance penalty or anything while it runs. The MacBook is just as fast if not faster than before with Tiger.

All in all I’m happy with the upgrade. The two features I think I like the most so far are Spaces and a tabbed Terminal.app. I’m sure I’ll find more things I like in the coming days when I have time to explore.

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