Leopard’s One Month Away

Happy September folks. This means we’re on the warning track. Sometime in THIS month Leopard (OS X 10.5) will be very quietly deemed golden master and the final leg of the launch is iniated.

What do we know so far?

There’s a lot been said about the look and feel of Leopard. All nice and fine. From what we saw demo’d at WWDC’s keynote, it falls short of the FTFF movement’s expectations. Someone mentioned the answer to this is in the version number: It’s System 10! for crying out loud. ANYTHING Apple puts out is going to be an interation of what came before (My counter to that point – the recent iMovie 08 which is a take-your-lumps departure from iMovie 06. Apple can pretty much do anything it wants, whenever it wants: The OS is 100% theirs, the hardware is 100% theirs, the development environment might as well be 100% theirs).

Spaces, TimeMachine and iChat’s new screen sharing goodies are all untested so far on the installs I’ve loaded up.

XCode. OMG!

OSX Leopard Server, which is what I’m most interested in, is a MAJOR departure from previous versions. It’s much more friendly to the casual sysadmin. Sure all the bells and whistles are still there plus a gob more. Apple has very nicely taken Leopard Server in a much more admin friendly direction. From installation to management its a much better experience. I feel like I’m driving a Hummer now instead of an Abrams tank. Some of the things which are new – Podcast Producer, Teams (wiki, group calendaring, group blogging and shared workgroup info space) and a couple of other goodies like Apache2, Rails, MySQL and Mongrel installs all nicely prepackaged.

I can’t wait to get some quality time on ZFS and am hopeful the BitTorrent stuff somehow still squeaks its way into Leopard somehow, someway.

Thinking WWDC08 is a definite for me this year.

A little head-banging going on with Judas Priest’s Living After Midnight (link will launch iTunes)

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2 Comments on “Leopard’s One Month Away”

  1. Mark Says:

    Y’know, traditionally I’ve always been one of these people on the “release it now, patch up the bugs later” bandwagon, but no more. This pussy cat still needs a bit more time with the vet.

    Have you actually tried using it on a day-to-day basis yet? There are two fundamental things which I believe need fixed before Apple release it, and one of them is driving me up the bl**dy wall!

  2. Mark Says:

    Not sure what your thoughts are on the new Dock in Leopard, but here’s a little shameless self-publicity for an application I’ve created to remove the little blue lights showing active applications. Hope you don’t mind.

    http://www.markallan.co.uk/software.php?page=DD


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