Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Initial Thoughts

My 15.5″ MacBook Pro has been running quite wonky for months now. I’ve been holding off on doing anything major in hopes that they would release Leopard any day and finally Apple set a date! So I received my copy October 28, 2007, backed up all my data, wiped my computer, and installed a fresh copy of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.

It took about an hour to get Leopard up-and-running and installing all the other programs I use like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3). All-in-all, the installation went very smoothly with no problems.

It definitely takes some getting use to, with some visual changes and changes of where they put certain options, but the new additions such as Time Machine, Spaces, iChat Share My Screen are some great features! My initial impressions are that I am much more impressed with it than Microsoft Windows Vista. It’s noticeable faster and the major thing (for me) is that they finally fixed the damn “Mac-refuses-to-wake-up-properly-after-being-asleep” that has plagued me on a PowerBook and two MacBook Pros so far.

The built-in support for Boot Camp is nice, although I probably will continue to use Parallels because I don’t really need full speed for Windows and I rather save the harddrive space.

So I’ll continue playing with Leopard and post at a later date my thoughts on it.

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