Sun, Aug 30, 2009
So the other day I got Snow Leopard, basically my thoughts right now are WOW this upgrade is really nice, before I start getting into it I just want to say that there are a few problems however there are many upsides to this upgrade. So when I installed it I actually re installed Leopard then upgraded to Snow Leopard, the reason being is it is actually an **Upgrade** which means you don’t boot into the DVD you run it from you Leopard desktop environment which is ok so yeh I re installed Leopard then went to 10.6 to get the maximum performance out of it by doing a full clean install of everything. When I first booted my Mac Pro its speed after doing everything clean was just amazing it was at least a 30%-50% speed increase it was also much more reliable as less things crashed so on and so forth.
Just to let everyone know I ordered a 32GB Corsair Extreme SSD to test out to see how it goes and I will probably put an unboxing and review up but that should increase the speed by at least 50%. Anyway back to Snow Leopard, the only one problem with it is that its not that compatible with old software which is kind of a Windows move which is bad on Apples part but still I guess its because their transitioning over to 64bit I have noticed quite a few apps not work but a few still do so dont panic. Snow Leopard doesnt have that many UI changes which for me, I dont care as long as its faster and more stable it does still have a few like the new dock spotlight which is pretty cool I must say and expose has changed a bit but other than that not too much has changed in the UI department.
In terms of 64bit, Snow Leopard does boot a 32bit kernel by default, however you can change that with this handy app but there is still one more problem if your mac has a 32bit efi then it will not boot into 64bit mode even if your processor can handle it, Apple needs to update some efi’s lol. Moving on to the next thing which is stability, it is very stable in my opinion Apple did not and most likely would not release an unstable OS which is great not one app has crashed on me despite the compatibility issues.
In all this upgrade is definitely worth it in my opinion it runs very stable and brings the latest 64bit capabilities to the table which is great for all mac users and in my opinion I think in terms of speed it was better than when Leopard launched, I also noticed that there was not as many people at the Apple store as there was for the Leopard release anyway that was completely off topic. Basically if Leopard is running slow on you or you dont feels its using your hardware to the best of its abilities give Snow Leopard a try and its only $39.00. No offence to Windows users but Windows 7 Ultimate will be close or more than $700, I will be getting Windows 7 though because it is much better than Vista and it is a lot more stable, but Ill save that for another review.