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Mac Geek PSA

Mac OS 10.5 ("Leopard") most definitely does not suck. A few things are still a bit rough around the edges and one of my favorite third party things still does not work, but some of the new features and the much better graphics integration make it really nice to use. Oh and they seem to have accomplished the rare feat of increasing functionality and performance without appreciably affecting the memory footprint. (Methinks they've been continuing to clean up a ton of code ported from the PowerPC to the Intel platforms.)

Oh, and now I can boot the hardware to Windows when need be, as well, in addition to running Windows in a virtual machine under the Macintosh OS. I don't imagine I'll do that much, since the emulation is nearly perfect, but there are a few things that need Windows on the bare hardware, support of certain USB devices being one of them.



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Nov. 25th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I got my copy a while back (see, my company owner is a big Apple fan and loves to throw money at them). Haven't installed it, though, mostly because I didn't want to risk destabilizing while things were (are) so tight at work. Perhaps I'll finally do it this week.
Nov. 25th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
If you have several hours to blow, I recommend a backup of your home directory, a reformat-fresh-install, and then reinstalling all your apps.

Although I know people who have said they just threw in the DVD and did the upgrade install, and everything was fine. I just had never done a fresh install in years, and I figured it was time to erase some cruft.

10.5.1 is out, too... Software Update will give it to you immediately upon connecting to the net. It fixes several odd things in the DVD release.
Nov. 26th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
would you recommend it to someone like myself who uses their computer primarily for internet, photos, presentations, and email? I've been poking around looking at it and am very seriously considering buying it but I'm curious because i know you know computers.

Nov. 27th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
There are some improvements in Safari and the Mail programs, and general look and feel is spiffier, but for someone like you it probably wouldn't be worth the money.
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