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>Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’ (updated)

>Several sites (including MacRumors and Arstechnica) are spreading the rumor that Mac OS X 10.6 will be announced at Apple’s WWDC, this coming week. The new release will supposedly be called “Snow Leopard” and the release focus will be on stability and performance.

If this is true, then that is in my opinion a Good Thing. After using FreeBSD and Linux on my primary desktop for years, I switched to Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) in Q4 2006. Although I’ve not had major problems, OS X has been pestering me now and then:

  • crashing background processes (sometimes several times an hour)
  • spontaneous reboots (1 or 2 per year)
  • failures to come back to life after being suspended (closed lid on MacBook Pro)

Rock solid stability is definitely very much welcomed, as well as improved security, especially for professional/business users like myself.

For me, a desktop computer should allow it’s users to work efficient. For this, you need sufficient speed, proper functionality, an effective keyboard/mouse/touch interface, stability and security.

In my experience, the OS X 10.4 operating system works nicely, but has it’s stability issues. It’s probably more stable than Windows, but definitely less than Linux and FreeBSD.

Update (June 10): Indeed this has been announced by Apple as anticipated, see the Apple site for more information.

 
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Posted by on 4 June 2008 in apple, leopard, mac, macos, macosx, osx, snow leopard

 

>Changing Leopard’s look and feel

>Ryan Faas has written another excellent article, this time about changing the look and feel of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard):

 
 

>Opacity 1.1 released

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If you’re creating iconic graphics, either for desktop applications, mobile apps or the web, and you’re lucky to be using Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), then Opacity is definitely a contender for creating those nifty looking images.

Opacity is simple, intuitive but still very powerful when it comes to creating small graphics. It supports layers, different kinds of shapes, all sorts of effects and integrates with a couple of FTP programs.

The user interface works mostly consistent with the rest of Leopard.

Have a look at the screencast on their site.

 
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Posted by on 7 May 2008 in apple, graphics, leopard, mac, macos, macosx, png, web design

 

>Finally: Java 6 for Mac OS X

>Apple has finally delivered Java 6 for Mac OS X as part of an update called Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Release 1. There was a Java 6 pre-release for Tiger, ages ago, but finally the real thing seems to have arrived. Let’s hope it fixes most of the bugs in the pre-release.

It’s well-known that this release comes really late. Java 6 was released (for Windows and Linux) in December 2006 and Java 5 has already entered it’s Technology End of Life (EOL) transition period.

Too bad the update is only for Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) and requires a 64-bit Intel processor (such as the Core 2 Duo).

 
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Posted by on 29 April 2008 in java, java6, leopard, mac, macos, macosx

 

>Mac OS X 10.4.9 update

>A few days ago my MacBook Pro asked me whether I’d like to update Mac OS X from 10.4.8 to version 10.4.9. I said ‘yes’, hoping to see some noticable improvements in speed or stability. However, instead my system seems to have become slightly less stable, actually requiring a reboot today. Several programs crashed.

One other thing I noted is that the quick-shutdown key-combo (Ctrl-Alt-Cmd-Eject) does not work anymore. That is, until I read on a Dutch forum that you need to keep the Eject down for a bit longer. Then it does work.

Perhaps the stability degradation is a clever way to force people into buying Leopard 🙂

 
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Posted by on 16 March 2007 in 10.4.9, leopard, mac, macos, macosx