Anyone else just a copy of Leopard in the mail for Fed Ex? The delivery guy mentioned quite a few people were getting this same package. I have been running several Developer Versions of Leopard for about a year now, and I am excited to finally get the production release. I am also excited I can finally talk about what I think is cool, as the NDA is up.
Since I have been using Leopard for over a year, these are the things I could never live without again:
1. Tabbed Terminal Rocks
I am glad OS X finally fixed this, although this pretty much kills iTerm
2. Spaces is absolutely brilliant.
I use 8 spaces consisting of 2 rows of 4. I did a lot of experimenting and found this suites me best, although this is probably more than most people may want. I also assigned specific applications to specific Space windows…which makes it very handy.
3. Python is finally fixed.
Leopard ships with the bleeding edge, or newest, fixed version of Python 2.5.1, which is cool.
4. Python is a first class option for Cocoa and OS X Development.
I am very happy that Python can write both command line tools and Cocoa Applications using all of the libraries available to Objective C.
5. Many more standard Unix Tools are available like built in SVN support, and even Ruby on Rails.
This is very nice, and I hope OS X continues to add to the growing repository of command line tools it supports out of the box without resorting to using 3rd party package management.
6. Development Tools have a big upgrade:
There are some really cool features like built in Python and Ruby templates in XCode.
7. Mail is fixed
There are a bunch of fixes to Mail that are great improvements.
8. The Finder is hugely improved
I love the whole 3D finder deal. I find it way better.
9. Downloads go to Downloads directory.
Moving all default downloads to a download directory was a smart move, and keeps the desktop much cleaner. Good move on Apple’s part.
10. AutoFS is finally fixed…..
Enough said. Thanks Apple.
That is what is cool on my end…what do you like so far, as you violently rip open your fedex delivered copy of Leopard……