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I would tend to regard any entirely new version as the final "beta" - why do it now - let someone else find the faults and Apple acknowledge the problem and solve with their 3rd update. I have backed this idea by deliberately buying a Mac Pro with Tiger before Leopard came out. There is increasing comment on Web chat lines that some iweb date is being lost in the swap including in some cases all addresses.


Your data and software are safe. Of course, it's always advisable to make a full backup before an OS upgrade, but the process is extremely simple. For a foolproof upgrade and a way out if something goes wrong, just choose "Archive and Install" when you begin. This will make a backup of your old System folder in case anything goes haywire. (Also, if you have Unsanity's "Application Enhancer" installed, uninstall it first. This is the culprit of nearly all the "blue screen" scares around the forums).

All reviews I've read (and I've read a *lot* of them) have said that Leopard has been remarkably stable and (despite a larger footprint) peppier than Tiger. Though Leopard comes with a ton of new features, much of the work on the OS was actually on optimising the core frameworks. As a developer, this makes me very happy. You should be fine with anything faster than a 1.42ghz G4 w/768mb of RAM.

As for whether or not it's worth it --
The biggest new features are Time Machine (automatic backup), the new desktop and Finder (w/ Cover Flow and Quick Look - ultra cool), Spaces (virtual desktops), Remote Screen Sharing, a revamped Mail, iCal, iChat, and such, and a final version of Boot Camp.

My advice: if you use a Mac every day, the upgrade is well worth it.

Finally...here is by far the best and most thorough review I've read: http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/mac-os-x-10-5.ars

Written by a developer, it covers the OS inside and out.

Yeah, as easy as Mac can be and as much as I love Mac, if you aren't comfortable facing a bit of troubleshooting, then hold off for about a month. Since Mac hardware is all standard, software usually comes out relatively trouble free. Even so, they can't possibly test for every single software and add-on hardware combination, so there will usually be a few bugs. Those normally get fixed in a couple of weeks.

As always, make sure you have a current back-up!

I'm an early adopter and have never been bitten. I make sure to do a backup first but haven't had to go back to it since some hassles I had with installing 10.0 over the top of the public beta. Go for it!

P.S. I haven't bought it yet but only 'cause it hasn't been payday yet! :-)

I've always found the articles at tidbits.com useful, and they've got a whole lot of stuff about Leopard there. May or may not be helpful.


The transparent menubar looks like a badly thought out bit - though I see there are already third party apps out there to fix it.

I'd go and have a play with it somewhere first if you can. Also, check if you're hardware can run it - not all G4 systems can. And if you still need Classic on a G4 or G5 then that won't be an option either.

And as everyone else has said. Backups. Backups. Backups.

Also, if you have a critical project on the go then wait until that's out the way before you upgrade.

If you do go ahead then post your experience with the upgrade.

I've upgraded, and for the most part it's been a good move, however you'll probably have issues if you heavily rely on filemaker or adobe pdf pro or adobe pdf reader or adobe CS3 Indesign as they all seem to have had issues, adobe will catch up, but not until feb 08...

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