The trouble with Leopard…

…is that it has the same problem as Vista: their predecessors were good enough! I read through the feature list and there’s nothing that truly excites me to the point of wanting to buy the upgrade, let alone actually going through the upgrade process. Tiger works well for me, and Panther works well for my husband’s photography needs. I mean, sure, it would be nice to have spaces, stacks and the like, but I just don’t see them as must-haves. I am old school anyway.

In my opinion, just like Microsoft reached a sort of nirvana with XP PRO SP2, the same way Apple reached that with Tiger. I still run XP PRO on my desktop and I have no plans to upgrade to Vista. And same probably goes for my G4 Powerbook and Tiger.

The only operating system that I am looking forward for updates and new features that satisfy me, is Linux.

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Adam S wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 1:55 PM PST:

Time Machine alone is worth this upgrade, for me. If you’re a security nut, library randomization (ASLR in Vista) is worth it. If you’re an app developer, the even-more-UNIX-goodnessy core may be worth it. Certainly, many of the features – such as the iChat improvements and the iCal improvements are great steps forward, a fast Spotlight is a necessity, and Core Animation is just awesome, because I can barely imagine what great stuff we’ll see soon with this new framework.

XP reached “good enough” partly because Vista is a bomb and it shines in comparison. I still fight with it many days with random slow downs and locked files. Plus, if you use Windows long enough, your system starts to become filled with trash everywhere. I see it all the time. Even the most dedicated Windows fans I know agree that you have to rebuild every year or so to keep maximum performance. I’ve gone two and a half years on this laptop without a reboot, and I feel it! I have LOTS of complaints with XP, even though I’m generally happy with it and it’s easily the best Microsoft OS.

But I don’t see Tiger as the end-all of Mac OSes, in fact, it leaves me wanting plenty, and frankly, I think a lot of people agree.


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Eugenia wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 2:16 PM PST:

OSX fills up with trash too. My Tiger installation is currently unstable, while it didn’t use to be. WinXP too, of course. I initially put the blame to Camino, but apparently my kernel lock happens with Safari too (it happens after about 20-30 wake-up/sleeps).

For all the features you mentioned about Leopard, I personally care about none. I use my Mac only for web browsing, text chat and little media work, so none of these features does it for me. I don’t use office documents either, and so the Quick Look thingie is useless to me too.


Andy wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 2:21 PM PST:

OS X is laggy and trashes itself after a long period of heavy use. What makes me sick is the 300+ NEW features that are all over the hype-media-machine on every release. Most of them are tiny little chunks, not even new, but newly placed.
The UI is still cheesy and is becoming even cheesier. This wouldn’t be a problem if there were some extensive UI Pref-Panels. But it’s done Apple-Style, just a few dumbtard-options and that’s it.
Anyway, i still use crapple products, mainly because of my job (graphics designer)

I would only like to see the coders improve and optimize every single routine instead of adding new crap all the time. OS X is becoming slower after 10.3.


Andy wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 2:25 PM PST:

Addition:
For me the worst non-feature in OS X is the lack of control over fonts used in the UI / System. I would like to use crisp bitmap-fonts of my choice instead of being force-fed with Lucida Grande or die. XP would allow it, OS 9 would allow it a bit. Linux will allow it. OS X fails. Thanks Steve!


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Eugenia wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 2:29 PM PST:

To me, the biggest flaw of OSX is the breakage of driver compatibility with every new major release, and sometimes even with minor releases. While 80% of the apps will work on new OSX versions, only about 30% of the drivers will. That’s a killer for people who just want shit done on time.

The only feature that I miss on OSX is to force developers to include uninstallers. Very few apps come with real uninstallers and don’t rely on third party hacks like the AppZapper. Sure, most apps don’t need uninstallers, but many do, plus it would be cool to clean up their ~/Library folder too when they go away. That’s how “trash” gets accumulated and needs clean up.


Adam S wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 3:52 PM PST:

“Trash” in ~/Library is harmless. Trash in a registry is a problem.

I routinely keep my Mac running for a month. It sleeps every 20 minutes, which means I wake it up 5-10 times a day every day. I pretty much never have problems that aren’t caused by me (like fooling around with InputManagers and SIMBL).

I’m not saying a Mac is perfect, but it’s certainly much better than the alternatives.

I use my Mac only for web browsing, text chat and little media work

Then you should consider a dedicated box that just uses Windows 98 with Firefox and Gaim for your basic net stuff. Seriously. I have a friend who has one of his company’s core apps running on an otherwise vanilla Windows 95. He swears that behind the firewall, it’s the most stable thing out there as long as he does nothing but run that one app.


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Eugenia wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 3:55 PM PST:

Win9x is just not stable, plus not supported with security fixes anymore, sorry. It’s XP for my desktop and video work, Mac for my laptop in front of the TV and traveling, and my Linux laptop when I have my period and I want to trash stuff and ease up.


Adam S wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 5:31 PM PST:

This is my last post from Tiger. I’ll let you know how it goes. I just finished upgrading my wife’s Macbook to Leopard, and I’m about to do my iMac. See you in about an hour.


Richard wrote on October 27th, 2007 at 12:27 PM PST:

Not having a “stable” application API is imho the single biggest problem in OSX Land, it is simple impossible to install new apps on older OSX releases, because 3rd party devs just don’t care about backwards compatibility. 🙁


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Eugenia wrote on October 27th, 2007 at 1:33 PM PST:

Richard: exactly.


chema wrote on October 27th, 2007 at 6:53 PM PST:

…is that it’ll be available here in 2 weeks and at 179$, fuck that, torrents here i come.


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