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  • Snow Leopard: First Look

    I got out early this morning to beat the rush and get my hands on the new release. As it turns out, I could have caught some more Z's, or waited out the unseasonable chill in Boston this morning: I misread either the zealotry or the disposable income of our local fanboy base, or both. The hype, the extra staff at the Apple Store, and the rope-line to keep the hordes of upgraders off to one side notwithstanding, there was just a handful of us when the Boylston Street store opened this morning.

    So much the better... I started the install on the T, so as not to waste a minute. Unlike previous releases, the Installer doesn't prompt you to restart. I wanted to run Disk Utility first, though, so I booted from the DVD.

    It's a simple process if you just want to accept the defaults... click Install, and you're off and running. It's unthreatening for the casual user: your mom can do it solo without calling you for support. It even dims the screen while it's working so she's not distracted by watching the progress bar.

    If you want to, though, you have the option of clicking the Customize button to enable or disable some packages:
    Printer Support: if you want to save more space, you can deselect some of the - literally - hundreds of printer drivers loaded by default;

    Additional Fonts: you may or may not need a Cherokee or Inuktitut font;

    Language Translations: likewise, Dansk? Portugues Brasileiro?

    X11: if you need it, you know, and if you don't know... you probably don't need it;

    Rosetta: if you need support for non-Intel apps, this is a must-load;

    QuickTime 7: Apple says QuickTime X is not compatible "for use with older media or with existing AppleScript-based workflows. QuickTime Player 7 can be used to playback formats such as QTVR, interactive QuickTime Movies, and MIDI files."
    You can also run the standard install and then add/remove components in the Optional Installs package (shown here with the Snow Leopard Easy-Reader size 512 x 512 icon):

    With a full Verify Disk on a 120 GB Fujitsu, the whole process took about 56 minutes. Most reports have the standard install coming in at 30 minutes or so on a machine with 2GB RAM.

    So far, the performance seems a bit snappier (though it's more likely just enthusiasm and all the Red Eyes I drank at Starbucks waiting for the Apple Store to open). The new Cocoa-native Finder is subtly smoother, and I like the new black-look contextual menus in the Dock:

    I'll check back in after a few hours of using Snow Leopard for more first impressions...
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Snow Leopard: First Look started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      WOW! If that is not the most retarded thing Ive ever heard. It is sad when nothing is surprising me anymore with apple. I made it very clear to my girl over there that my expectations have dropped significantly lately.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      WOW! If that is not the most retarded thing Ive ever heard. It is sad when nothing is surprising me anymore with apple. I made it very clear to my girl over there that my expectations have dropped significantly lately.
      I asked her if she could call over the local Apple Store's manager and authorize me to buy a copy there for $9.95 and then return the copy I get on Wednesday when it comes in and she said not possible.
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      WOW i got back 19 gbs of storage. i went from 102 to 121. thats crazy i only expected 6 like they said... theres also similar reports on gizmodo of the extra storage. anybody else noticing this
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      ^^Good to know I'm not the only one waiting for Snow Leopard still! :P
    1. lazybearkhoa's Avatar
      lazybearkhoa -
      I just got my copy! I went from 101 to 122 Gb of space, shweet. Expose looks a nicer but haven't tested out the enhanced iChat yet.
    1. inzandity's Avatar
      inzandity -
      I am waiting for mine still! It's so late!!

      Update: Checked order status and it moved to Sept 1st :-( :-( :-( :-( :-( :-( :-( :-(
    1. danno2022's Avatar
      danno2022 -
      i gained 10gb of space, awesomeness.

      question: the stupid battery indicator has lost the option again to quickly change the options. even after clicking energy preferences to open full menu, i cannot choose any options. anyone else annoyed by this?
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      sounds delish...
    1. shiPhone25's Avatar
      shiPhone25 -
      i'm diggin my copy now. i love the new stack background.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Installing now
    1. surryhillbilly's Avatar
      surryhillbilly -
      Has anyone noticed that Safari runs like a dog since upgrading to Snow Leopard (or is just me?). Opening multiple bookmarks in tabs takes forever (if at all for some pages) to load.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      i went all the way to the apple store...
      to be told i had to get the $10 upgrade online
      why didnt i think of that before
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      yea it's online only
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Safari actually runs a ton faster for me.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I went from 239.99 GB free to 264.04 GB free
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      Safari is way faster for me now. Before the page would load and it would keep saying loading in the address bar now it doesnt. im just mad that my gpu doesnt support open cl but for 29 dollars i cant complain to much
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      simply beautimus
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Safari actually runs a ton faster for me.
      Hell yeah, it's like Safari on Red Bull. Mines booking.
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      ^Same here...among other speed goodies.
    1. aziatiklover's Avatar
      aziatiklover -
      Couple questions for u guys!!! Has anybody install sl on a first gen MBA or any MBA gen and got the 4 fingers swap working?did apple finally activated the 4 fingers swap? Did anybody have try to install the single copy to more than 1 MacBook? The reason I ask is cuz apple os doesn't usually have any license keys like iLife 09. So pretty much u can install the software on any MacBooks. Thanx in advance guys.