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Stability of Leopard Preview

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Hi,

 

I just placed the order today for my new MacBook, and am already downloading the Leopard preview. How stable does it seem at this point? Should I consider using it as my main OS instead of Tiger?

 

Opinions please!

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It's a very early build so I wouldn't have it as my main OS, keep using Tiger when the Macbook comes in the mail and enjoy it.

 

 

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While it does "work", it does so in a quirky kind of way.

 

For example, try installing something on a PPC system and you will see Installer pulling all avaliable CPU for the next couple hours to complete the install in the case of something like iWork.

 

Intel systems do not appear to have this issue.

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It's just a preview beta though, not even a beta, right?

I would definately not use this as the main OS, just something to mess around with.

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The difference between Alpha and Beta are mostly semantic.

In this case, it would appear to be a beta as it contains portions that are feature-complete and other portions that are functional.

 

Alpha is generally reserved for Proof-of-Concept rather than an actual functioning implementation.

 

Of course, it all depends on what Apple as a whole calls it.

 

Something could be publically released and classified as stable but still be a beta as it is not feature-complete due to the developer's own specifications and ideas of what it should be and do.

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I'm running it as my main OS on my G4 mac mini and having no problems so far. Im keeping tiger on my ibook for now, but if i experience no problems on my mini i will be installing it on my iBook. So far it seems like tiger with some enhancements to me. :gun:

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Yea, spaces is very quirky.

For example, if one is running an application solely on one desktop and it were to open a new window, and you were to switch to another desktop, it would appear on the most recent switch as it is still "active".

 

Additionally, try dragging a window most of the way off to one of the sides with a virtual desktop and change over to it...

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I'm not really noticing it being slow, but I have been using it a couple of hours and have already found the following "features" =)

 

1) Spaces: Apple+Tab betweem apps will take you to the right desktop but does not activate the selected app. (apparently I'm not the only one here...)

 

2) Applications that do not currently have a Help Menu uses the last menu name twice, the second one being what "Help" should have been.

 

3) Stuffit Expander has problems (or is this just me)

 

4) My Canon LiDE30 scanner driver no longer works.... =(

 

Other people have complained about https not working in safari and no audio, though I haven't had any problems with this. I have installed it on a powerbook g4 and am thinking about installing it on a g5 to see if there is a noticeable performance difference with the 64bit stuff. Anyone here installed on a g5 powermac?

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It's never a bad idea to add a second partition, and preview Leopard on it (non pun intended).

 

One thing I don't understand, though, is, how could Apple have handed out this preview, if after a few days, users are noticing quirks, and bugs? This isn't like Apple...

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Developers are more interested in the new API's to get a head start in developing their apps - their not so bothered if OS application features don't work as intended.

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Developers are more interested in the new API's to get a head start in developing their apps - their not so bothered if OS application features don't work as intended.

 

Good point.

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