Ars Technica reviews Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: ‘Absolutely packed with improvements’

“As I’ve learned more about Leopard, it’s become increasingly clear where, exactly, those two-and-a-half years of development time went. Leopard is absolutely packed with improvements. It seems that not a corner of the OS has gone untouched,” John Siracusa reports in his comprehensive review for Ars Technica.

“Perhaps that’s not as clear to the casual user who just sees the surface changes and the major new features in Leopard. But even in that case, there’s more than enough to recommend it. if you’re wondering whether you should upgrade to Leopard, the answer, as it’s been for every major revision of Mac OS X, is yes,” Siracusa reports.

“I’m most excited about Leopard’s internals. They’re the star of this release, even if they don’t get top billing. There’s a good reason we’ve already seen so many prominent Leopard-only software announcements. This is where developers want to be,” Siracusa reports.

“Leopard’s pull on developers will translate into better applications for users… eventually. In the meantime, I’m hard pressed to think of a single Mac user I know who wouldn’t benefit from Time Machine’s hassle-free backup magic. If you’re looking for one reason to upgrade, this is it. Yeah, backups are boring, which is why you’re probably not doing them regularly right now. No more excuses,” Siracusa reports.

“The stage is set for Mac OS X 10.6 to triumph beyond the bounds of its ancestors. In the meantime, it’s the Mac development community’s opportunity to shine. Whether it reigns for two and a half years, like Tiger, or even longer, I’m looking forward to my time aboard starship Leopard,” Siracusa reports.

Full comprehensive review – highly recommended – here.


  1. A friend of mine’s comments when seeing the curious arc of the stacks folders unfurled on Leopard desktop…”Looks like the curve of an erect genital member of the human male”….

    Is there some subtle meaning to that curve or what?

  2. Have any of you been to the Leopard fixit forums? Lots of problems. About 1/3 of people get it to install on the first try. Lots of crashes and broken this and that. I wonder how all these reviewers are getting it to work.

  3. Another awesome review by John Siracusa. I definitely agree with him on the look of Leopard. Tiger is much more pleasant to look at. The folders look like something from my Linux desktop back in 1998.

  4. Umm… Generally, users are posting in a tech forum (such as Apple’s “Leopard fixit forums”) specifically WHEN they’re having problems. They need help, and they’re hoping somebody hanging around in the forum can provide it. Therefore it follows that a high percentage (e.g., 1/3 etc.) of posters will be having some sort of issue. Does this make sense to you?

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