Almost 8 months after its' debut, I'm finally moving forward to Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5. For those not familiar with the Mac OS X versions, it's much like upgrading from Windows XP to Vista. I bought my copy a long time ago, but I've been postponing my transition because of several reasons:
- I want to fully backup my system before upgrading and I didn't have the means. I'm glad to say that my new 500 GB Time Capsule is making its' way to me as I write these lines.
- Since my Mac is not a home machine, but rather a critical business machine, I decided not to be an innovator in this case, although I did feel the itch. The third update (10.5.3, think of as SP3, how long did it take in XP?) will be released shortly and I think Apple engineers had enough time to squash most of the bugs.
- Eclipse does not officially support Leopard. This will change with Ganymede (Eclipse 3.4), which is due in the upcoming weeks.
I read a lot about Leopard. I think the main features I'm looking forward to are:
- Time machine. I like simplicity. I need backup but I don't like caring about it.
- The new QuickLook for browsing documents without opening them.
- Spaces, the virtual desktop support. I usually have a number of window "sets". It will be cool to be able to switch between them.
- The updated Preview application with the ability to rearrange PDFs and resize images.
- DTrace which supports Java.
Regarding the above picture. It is an amazing picture, IMHO. Too bad I didn't get it when Leopard was a big issue, I could've made a few bucks. It was shot in India, of course, as you can see from the Devanagari script. I took it in Pune, at the Katraj Zoo. They do have a Leopard there. A dangerous one.
PS. The picture is for sale, contact me for details or travel to Pune and get your own. :-)