When it comes to new operating systems, there’s a world of difference between the developer machine and your everyday laptop. I’ve had Jaguar on my developer Mac since May. As of this weekend I have the shrinkwrap version on my 667 MHz TiBook. Hmmm … what possessed me to do that!
All kidding aside, my Mac is running smoothly with a few minor exceptions. So I’ll start with the positive comments, then post a couple disappointments with questions that I hope you have answers to.
Starting with the positives:
- Installation is a snap. I decided to do a clean install, then dumped my old system folder after I was confident that all was OK. Beautiful. But set aside about 90 minutes for the process.
- Quartz rendering is pretty. I like the way type looks in Jaguar, and graphic rendering is snappy.
- Improved speed in many areas including logging out, and back in. Nice.
- Cool screen saver stuff! Check it out.
- Most existing apps work just fine.
- Printing, networking — all good.
- CD burning, Software Update, Sherlock — much better!
- Jaguar is just plain fun :)
But like most Apple products, Jaguar is not without its oddities. Such as:
- Screen shots are now saved as PDFs. Who came up with that one? I had to open the files in Photoshop to convert them. Does anyone have a workaround?
- Junk mail filter doesn’t seem to be “learning” that mail in a language other that English should be ID’d as Junk, even though I’ve tried to instruct it to do so.
- There is some occasional stalling that I didn’t get in 10.1. Little things like while switching identities in Entourage.
- I can’t synch my Handspring Visor using Palm Desktop 4.0. Since Jaguar, the app “Transport Monitor” won’t load, and that prevents synching. Does anyone have a workaround?
Before you install, make sure you have your old print drivers handy. I had to reinstall my HP Photosmart drivers before the inkjet would work again.
Best part is, I had a bunch of work this weekend, and the upgrade has made it just a little more fun being stuck on the computer. And I haven’t had any real problems. (But I’m keeping my fingers crossed just in case).
Stupid … yes. But I have a lot of confidence in Mac OS X, and it came through again.
If you have any answers to my questions, or if you have your own observations and questions, put em here!