Running with Leopard

I’ve been running Apple’s new Leopard for a couple of days now. So far all I can say that it is an impressive upgrade. It’s hard to believe that this is considered just an “incremental” upgrade—from 10.4 to 10.5. I’ve been chronicling my impressions at Macpinoy, but here is what I have experienced so far:

1. Installation was a breeze. I haven’t experienced any of the BSODs that have been reported by other users. But it is always best to play safe—backup your computer and make sure you have a bootable clone. The backup took about 2 hours. The installation took a little longer than an hour. But the installation process was totally “run-and-forget-about-it.” When I pressed the install button, I took a nap and when I woke up, all I had to do was restart the computer.

2. Time Machine, dubbed as the “marquee” feature, really takes the pain and the complication of performing backups. It works by first taking a full backup of your system and then performs hourly incremental backups. All of this is done in the background and you can still use your computer while Time Machine is doing its thing. You can then restore from any of the hourly backups so if you deleted that file yesterday but you knew it existed the day before, then TM can restore the file.

3. I’ve been mucking around with Spaces and it is indeed useful in reducing clutter. I found the analogy of “spaces” much better than “virtual desktop.” Spaces conveys the image that you have a much bigger monitor and you are just displaying a part of that “virtual monitor.”

4. For those who are considering to limit the computer and internet times of their children, you may want to take a look at the bundled Parental Control feature. I have been mucking around with it, but the web site restrictions are a bit too strict. I know that eventually you can train the system to allow certain websites, but it does become a bother when your child signals you that he/she can’t access a specific (and valid) website.

5. The capability to change the backdrop when you are using the webcam is not polished and looks a bit too cheesy. The novelty effect soon wears off.

6. I love the built-in capability to do screen sharing. If you have other networked Macs running Leopard, you will see all of them in your sidebar. Simply click on “Share Screen” and you will then see the display of your selected Mac. Unlike other VNC products, however, you can’t turn-off the background to improve performance. I can’t wait to try the Back To My Mac feature, which supposedly allows one to control his or her Mac through the Internet seamlessly.

I’m still in the process of running through many of the features. I know that Windows can perform many of the same functions, but one has to jump through some hoops to get it running. But one thing is for sure, Leopard is more than just eye-candy.

What are your Leopard experiences?

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  • Carmelo Lisciotto

    I’ve tested one and was impressed.

    Carmelo Lisciotto