Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2008 15:30 UTC, submitted by CIozzio
Mac OS X "Leopard started out with a generous share of first-version glitches, but almost all of them have now been resolved by the second of two automated updates, which brings Leopard up to version 10.5.2. Finally, Leopard is extravagantly overdressed for the jobs that it's designed to do, and its pervasive eye-candy starts out looking dazzling but soon becomes distracting. Fortunately, from the beginning, the OS started out with options that let you put it on a low-eye-sugar diet, and the latest update has even more."
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My Experience
by NathanHill on Thu 21st Feb 2008 16:24 UTC
NathanHill
Member since:
2006-10-06

Leopard has been great for me on a Powerbook G4 12".

This review does seem to take a pretty good stock of Leopard's strengths and weaknesses. Apple did make some right moves with 10.5.2. Some of the areas he highlights as improvements can still be sticky areas for some users, especially networking with Windows. It's always been hit or miss.

Some of the features of Leopard were not a big deal to me at first - like QuickLook - but have become more interesting as I have begun to use them. I am also going to have start taking advantage of the smart searches feature.

I guess the next question will be - what else does Apple have planned for the rest of Leopard development? Where do they go next? It will be interesting to see.

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RE: My Experience
by gjames on Thu 21st Feb 2008 16:48 in reply to "My Experience"
gjames Member since:
2005-07-07

Lucky for you... Leopard wont even install on my 15" Powerbook G4... keeps crashing to the "You need to restart your computer" screen. =\

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RE[2]: My Experience
by bousozoku on Thu 21st Feb 2008 17:03 in reply to "RE: My Experience"
bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

Lucky for you... Leopard wont even install on my 15" Powerbook G4... keeps crashing to the "You need to restart your computer" screen. =\


If you're using cheap third party RAM, you might consider something more stable.

It's a mixed bag. I installed it on my 15.2 inch PowerBook G4 only to see performance drop in a big way, while Intel-based machines have seen the opposite.

I re-formatted the drive last night and re-installed and the performance drop is even more significant for some reason.

It's a good operating system, but Apple often targets things they want, things that have little meaning to consumers. I don't use Dashboard Widgets or Exposé but they certainly garner attention because of their visuals.

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RE[2]: My Experience
by Kroc on Thu 21st Feb 2008 17:13 in reply to "RE: My Experience"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Run your Hardware Test on the original install CD you got with the machine. Could be bad RAM or a fault on the Logic Board.

Secondly, run a full disk repair from the Leopard disc, you could have mild corruption. This should always be the first port of call, I've seen so many problems simply related to HFS+ corruption. If you've got it, use something a little more powerful like Disk Warrior.

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