Upgrading to Snow Leopard

The Hunt is on Snow Leopard has been out since the end of August and the online world has been buzzing with news of its speed since. So I thought I will have a go at installing it and seeing its results. The hunt is on.

The Mac that I am targeting to upgrade is a MacBook Pro which runs on a Leopard OS. This will probably be the most common type of upgrade we will expect to see.

If you are a Leopard user, you can upgrade a single Mac for S$48, or up to five Macs with the Snow Leopard Family Pack for S$78. If you have bought an Intel Macs before Leopard was released, and never upgraded, you will need to purchase the Mac Box Set, which includes Snow Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09, for S$268. That looks like quite a bundled good deal. Too bad if you have a mac that doesn’t have an Intel chip, the Snow Leopard just doesn’t run at all on PowerPC-based Macs.

Installing
I had a little problem the first time round when I tried to upgrade it. The installation hung on the first reboot and I couldn’t boot it up or restart it after reinstalling. Maybe it is just my lousy luck. A quick search online showed plenty of systems hanging after installing but not while doing it. Moving along, I reinstalled the OS before continuing with my experiment on upgrading to the Snow Leopard.

More Space in short time
It is a no brainer if you aren’t took picky. Slot the dvd in and click install. It wasn’t a split instance trying to get it installed but rather the whole process took about 45 mins and two reboots before the system was ready.

Just remember to keep it plugged in to the power point rather than taxing the battery. If you are not targeting any particular installation, just click install instead of customising the installation. Going with Apple’s installation means you will not install all the printer drivers. Yes, you may not believe this but the print drivers is one of the reasons why your OS is whopping huge. After the installation, I see a significant increase in space; the MacBook Pro has about 12 GB more of space.

Rosetta is also optional in the installation. So if you still have apps that run on Intel chip, you will need it to run.

New features
There wasn’t too much of a difference in terms of features but Apple has done some functional tweaking, most particularly with the Dock and Exposé .

In Stacks, you can now scroll through Stacks when in Grid view. That enables you to see much more of what’s in a particular folder.

So what else is new especially in Exposé. When you click and hold on an app’s icon in the Dock, Exposé displays all the windows belonging to a given app. That is really useful and cool.

Also in Finder, you can now adjust icon sizes right within the window via a handy slider control, and you can page through PDFs and play videos right within their Finder icons), there’s not much new here

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