A couple of days ago Apple has launched a new version of their Operating System OS X 10.5 codename Leopard.
Apple has presented more 300 of new features in Leopard. I would highlight some of the features, which i consider relevant:
– Bootcamp (allows Windows to be installed in parallel with OS X on Intel-based Macs)
– Time Machine (deleted files restoring, multiple version system)
– Finder (iTunes-like preview of different file types)
– Spaces (Unix-like virtual desktops)
– Safari (new version)
– Parental controls (the name speaks for itself, doesn’t it ?)
– Desktop enhancements (stacks of files on your dock)
One of the more important changes in Leopard is finally dropped support of the old Mac OS code. Apple has officially “burried” OS 9 about 6 years ago, in an official ceremony, but only with this release the support has been finally removed. I think it is a good thing, because evolution requires old stuff to be renewed or be removed. This is one of the problems that Windows has faced – some of the elder code of Windows 3.11 still could be found in XP, though Microsoft claims that Vista is finally fee of it.
Being an OS X user since a couple of months, i do not see a lot of reasons doing upgrade to Leopard right now. Do not get me wrong, i will move to Leopard in the coming months, and i do think that the new version of OS X was worth developing and it brings a lot of good features (some of them like Time Machine almost revolutionary), but at the moment i see this upgrade as unnecessary.
My first argument is “rush” – no doubt that Leopard was rushed, in order to be launched at the promised date – (Ocotober), some features like a wireless net backup with a Time Machine were surprisingly removed at the last moment, Sun’s ZFS is still not being enabled by default and resolution independent feature still appears to be in development. There is an old good saying that one should never buy a 1.0 system, cause it is always a beta version of what is to come. I am used to follow this idea and so far it has been always true.
The second argument against doing an immediate upgrade is the fact, the some of the features are available for the Tiger (especially the Bootcamp) and some other are just of no use for me personally ( No additional hard drive for Time Machine on my MacBook Pro =O) ). =O) Other feature is Safari 3 which is available for download (a beta version at this moment). Though i have to admit that i have some second thoughts – will new Bootcamp versions be available for TIger and will the final release of Safari ever come to it as well for example.
Everything else is just as it is needed. I love the idea of the “ITunes”-like changes to the Finder, the automatic preview feature is something that i was hoping that someone would implement. I find it ignorant, that i have to open all possible types of programs in order to preview the content of different files. I attribute success of such programs like ACDSee to the fact, that their just previewed almost any type of the graphical file.
Leopard is an amazing operating system, with a lot of the features, that the well-known Redmond software company is going to copy and represent in a couple of years in their next operating system. It is quite a step into the future, but it is more evolutionary update, then a revolutionary upgrade.