Well, I got my MacBook updated to Leopard last night. I chose to upgrade over Tiger, despite reading quite a few articles recommending against it like this one. Truth be told, I read those articles after the upgrade process had already been started – so it was kind of too late to turn back.
I’ve had few issues. Leopard did wipe out my printer settings that I worked so hard to figure out (this apparently happened to others as well). I thought there was some extra magic that I had to do, as I set up the printer last night multiple times with no ability to print. As I started to look at it this morning, it wound up the Windows machine went to sleep. Once I woke it up, the printer worked fine. I suppose this would have been an easy thing to check last night but I stopped work and went to bed, opting to let Spotlight and Time Machine do their thing while I got some sleep.
All of my applications seem to work fine. I did have to reinstall the FeedBurner Dashboard Widget, and Twidget seems to be a little flaky, but honestly I can’t tell right now if its the widget or Twitter itself. I also had to update the Cisco VPN Client to version 4.9.01.0080, which I found on MacUpdate.
Overall though, everything looks fine. My impression of Leopard over Tiger at this stage can be best characterized in one word: “eh”. Time Machine is cool and I can see it will make my life much easier than manually backing things up to my external drive. Coverflow in the Finder is cool, but I can’t see a practical use for it. Spaces will be great, if I can figure out how to use it.
I guess its fair to say I just haven’t spent much time with it yet. Time will tell whether it was worth it or not. I’m just glad the machine booted.
Just wanted to let you know that I also upgraded to Leopard and my upgrade went smoothly. I pre-ordered it and it arrived last Saturday.
Here’s the final words from a long review: http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/mac-os-x-10-5.ars/17
I tend to agree.
That said, I’m at a junction with Apple I think. I want to buy a decked out MacPro when the new quad cores are available. Unfortunately, a good deal of my software is still Java based and I need to be able to develop.
Java 6 is really late and now, the beta has disappeared, Apple is supposedly removing discussions about it, etc, etc, etc.
If Apple does end up shelving Java support I either have to move off or hope 8 cores makes parallels really usable side by side with the mac software.
The situation is depressing me 😦