Tried on Leopard for size - on a 1.2Ghz G4 machine

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After kicking off Vista I tried on Leopard for size, just to see if it is as bloated as Vista is on an 'older system'. In case you don't know, Leopard is the new OSX 10.5 from Apple that just came out today and it is to replace Tiger OSX 10.4. Leopard and Vista are compared quite a lot as both are the newest generation OS on the PC and Mac platforms.

I tried out Vista on my older P4 3.4Ghz HT SSE3 machine sporting 2Gb and wasn't pleased. The system was significantly slower and wasn't even able to the same things as it could on WindowsXP. So what was in store for me on my older G4 machine with this latest generation OS? Well I must say I am pleasantly surprised by the ease of the Leopard- installation. It is even more streamlined than the Tiger installation was. In comparison, Vista's installation was smooth too but Leopard really seems to be a no-brainer. I opted to install it fresh on a new hard drive and use migration assistant to copy my files, applications and settings into Leopard. A reboot and I was greeted by the new shiny Leopard interface. Vista and Leopard both share a high degree of transparency-effects in the interface.

So how slow had my trusty G4 become under the strain of the Leopard OS? The performance seemed a little sluggish at first but soon enough a found out that Spotlight was indexing my G4. After that everything felt just as snappy as Tiger was. I did do some objective measurements, like benching with Xbench and it showed that Leopard is not significantly faster or slower when you compare Tiger and Leopard on my hardware.


And all my installed applications just worked! This in sharp contrast to my Vista setup. For example Toast7 burning application, iLife'06 software, Office 2004 and Games which ran just as fast as they did on Tiger and also Richard Bannisters emulators work just fine! Now I haven't tested this extensively but to me Leopard seems just as compatible as the previous Tiger and has loads of interesting features - handy stuff in the GUI - that make life on your computer very easy. And Leopard doesn't throw me that 'I am not compatible with your software' , 'I am not compatible with your hardware', 'You have 30 days to activate' in my face. It just works without being a nag to the consumer!

I say Good on you Apple for that! What is not so cool is that only customers who purchased a Mac in October, before the release of Leopard are entitled to a free upgrade - they still have to pay a small fee for it. But faithful Apple customers who bought a Mac in August, September will just have to cough up the entire sum if they are to run Leopard. Apple really does some wierd things to the faithful customers - the iPhone price cut that left the early adopters standing in the cold is another example.
Ah well, what can I say. Big companies remain big companies and they all share a level of arrogance toward their customers.

So for me it is Leopard on the G4 and WindowsXP on the P4, WindowsXPHome and OSX 10.4.9 on the laptop with a little BeOS, Linux and Dos on the side ;)

Here's a link to a screenshot gallery featuring the new Leopard!

Cheers, Mark

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Same here - what a different story that was when I tried Vista

My old G4 is singing and dancing with Leopard. No need for Tiger anymore.
I am getting used to Mandriva 2008.0 on my PC system which is running happily alongside Windows XP. I've acquired Cedega (by Transgaming) after I had tried to get some Windows games working on Wine. It turns out to be the same company that uses Wine to get Windows games up and running on OSX - a similar program named Cider - on the Mac. A great program that enables you to basically install and run an unmodified Windows-game inside a trimmed down Windows9x/2K/XP windows API environment made compatible with DirectX games.
As I am typing this on my Linux-box I am also installing Oblivion to see if that will function properly on this Cedega wrapper software. I would love to test it out on the mac side aswell but my intel mac is just too slow - hasn't got the graphics power to run it.
It seems that GameTap is actually using Cider to have it up and running on OSX.



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Flawless

I haven't found anything that doesn't work with it so far.

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Sweet !

My experience on my old G4 was about the same, although the speed difference is not that big on my old 1.2Ghz G4. Everything is supported.
Now with a spare USB-HD Time Machine is an amazing feature if you produce a lot of stuff and want to go back to previous versions etc.
Stacks isn't all that new, only the way they are presented is. I haven't found any of my software to be incompatible. Have you?
Cheers, Mark



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Wow!

Update went without any troubles (about an hour). First impression: overall it seems much faster than Tiger! Photoshop seems quicker as well. Again, Apple doesn't disappoint.

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an extra usb harddrive and time machine flies! ;)



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Leopard, right! :)

Oops. corrected. You're right, i meant Leopard. I don't have any weird third party applications so I guess i shouldn't have any problems just doing a straight upgrade... All my important & critical stuff is already baked up daily using the Backup utility on my .mac account. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm going to go pick it up this afternoon, and install it later tonight.

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Hey Seb, long time no see

You probably mean installing Leopard. All these feline predators are confusing a little ;)
It seems that some people have been having problems when upgrading the OS. I have done an install on an external drive and imported all the settings with the migration assistant. Probably is the best option to do a clean install and migrate your data.
What you could do is backup your data with one of these full-copy drive tools and install on the imac fresh.



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Leopard

I'm probably going to install Leopard next week. I've been extremely satisfied with my iMac experience so far by the way. Best computer i've owned since my Amiga.

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