Computerworld: Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard at 6 months is the Mac’s heart and soul

“It has been just over six months since Mac OS X ‘Leopard’ first shipped,” Michael DeAgonia reports for Computerworld. “Apple has taken steps in recent months to iron out any wrinkles that users have found. With two major updates now under its belt (a third update is due out soon) as well as the release of numerous code tweaks and security fixes, Leopard has gained ground and maturity and has grown into a solid computing platform.”

“Whether you were happy with [Leopard’s] interface changes seemed to depend on whether you were a longtime Macintosh user or a recent convert. Generally, long-time users found the new animations and graphics superfluous; new users, by contrast, liked them and found the animations useful,” DeAgonia reports.

“Version 10.5.3, is expected soon, although Apple hasn’t said when. Those revisions have included numerous bug fixes, security updates and code tweaks, including the aforementioned tweaks to the menu bar and Stacks,” DeAgonia reports. “By way of comparison, Mac OS X Tiger had three upgrades in its first six months. By the time Tiger was replaced by Leopard, it had received 11 such upgrades and dozens of security updates and software tweaks. What does this mean for Leopard? Look for a series of future updates as Apple continues to improve on the Leopard code base, just as it has for every other version of OS X.”

“Six months after its release, debates about whether Leopard is a worthy upgrade have largely vanished,” DeAgonia reports. “Even large companies are checking it out, uncertain as they are about the future of Vista; for example, IBM is running a test to determine whether Macs in the office would be a smart move. A recent survey by ChangeWave Research found that “Apple continues to set the standard for corporate customer satisfaction.” That’s noteworthy, given the lack of a specific Apple push into the enterprise.”

“With Intel chips inside and Boot Camp installed, Macs can now run Windows, meaning no one is necessarily bound to a single operating system. If you are still on the fence about switching but are a fan of Apple hardware, buying a Mac is win-win,” DeAgonia reports. “Though Apple’s hardware is what so often draws a crowd — remember when the iPhone and MacBook Air came out? — that hardware is just a collection of parts. Leopard is the heart and soul of the Mac.”

Much more in the full article here.

20 Comments

  1. What i find odd is that we have Panther and Leopard as version names, yet in the real world, a panther is a kind of leopard. What’s next for cat names? Lion sounds kind of lame actually, Clouded Snow Leopard is unworkable as a title. And I think we have used up all the other big cat names, openly or internally at Apple. Like Jaguar and Puma. Can’t recall if Cheetah was used early on or not, but it sounds like another non-cat word so…..unlikely to see it as a retail name at least. Sabre-toothed Tiger sounds cool, but it is extinct, so not a good choice either. Any ideas people? And remember that Ocelot, altho a cool name, is not that fearsome a cat in reality. If not cat code names, then what?
    Sharks? Dogs? Birds of prey?

  2. re.Bon

    “So what’s with those guys that I still hear about every now and then who say that Tiger is better than Leopard?”

    Spotlight in Tiger was somewhat better than in Leopard. Yes, speeds are way better in Leopard but you can’t search a separate folder, partition or the like by just drag&drop;it like with Tiger’s “Others” menu. Oh well, I just consider Spotlight to be a complete unfinished product. You still can’t sort your results by size, labels or creation date(?!) There are still no variables like “Kind is not Image” or the like.

    Anyway, if you want to hear some major ranting about Leopard vs Tiger – just ask anyone working with postscript printing. Apple just exchanged all the postscript (or OTs) versions in the Leopard system with truetype versions. What’s even worse, you can’t delete/replace them with the real thing either. Instead, you have to use an editor to fiddle with the font ID’s. Great thinking Apple!

    But I guess all this is minor stuff when compared to Office 2008; did anyone try to actually work with Word or Entourage? It’s alpha software, at best. I’m just so mad that I actually paid for this crap. :(((

  3. There is always Tiger Bond. Jerry Rice uses it.

    I’m still waiting for freaking Digidesign to get its ass in gear and get ProTools working on 10.5. It sorta works……but not really…….

  4. I love Leopard with its graphics. It looked great on my 1 Ghz Titanium PowerBook. Unfortunately, Leopard was not very compatible with my older white Airport network, as well as a half-dozen other programs that I use regularly, and I was forced to go back to Tiger.

    I’ve got no regrets and I’m not complaining too much, because I love Tiger also, and it does everything that I need in an OS.

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