Boy I’m Happy I Haven’t Upgraded to Leopard Yet
I’m not happy with Leopard (Scripting News) Dave Winer is out with his thoughts on the latest “upgrade” to the new Mac OS Leopard.
From Dave: “Talking with a friend a few days ago, he asked what I thought of Leopard. He had installed the new version, like me, the first day it came out. “I’m not liking it,” I said. He said something that was simple, profound and revealing: “It’s like Windows.” It is. It’s that unpleasant to use. It disappears for long periods of time. Systems that didn’t used to crash now crash regularly. On one system three hard disks were rendered unusable, and I lost a couple of full days restoring them (luckily I had good backups).”
Wow, that does not sound good at all. I guess for me I’m just not sure what Leopard does for me beyond being the new latest and greatest. I mean, what problems does it solve for me that are not solved now. Like Dave I switched to the Mac because I hated Windows so much and hated all the constant errors I would get when I used Windows. My Mac experience thus far has been delightful. But my first impression of Leopard came when Kristopher Tate, our CTO and lead developer of Zooomr IM’d me when he found that Adobe’s Flash wasn’t compatible with Leopard (he blamed Adobe for this one). The result was that if you upgraded to Leopard you couldn’t upload photos to Zooomr anymore. I will tell you that uploading photos to Zooomr for me is 1000% more important than any tweak to the OS that Apple might through at me.
Subsequent reports that I’ve heard about Leopard have not been good. The experience by many is described as buggy and unreliable.
The thing about a Mac, the value of a Mac is contained in a single phrase: “It just works.” But if it *doesn’t* just work then the value of the Mac goes out the window. And it sounds like for a lot of people Leopard just *isn’t* working. I’m glad I waited for the upgrade.
Now for the truly creative person out there I’ll give you the killer video that you can make if you are unhappy with Leopard. I suck at video so I won’t be making this myself, plus I haven’t actually tried Leopard (I’m a scardy cat). But… if you want to make a cool video, you could remake the Mac vs. PC Apple videos but with Mac OSX as the Mac guy and the fat sick dude as Mac Leopard. There you go. Have fun with it and it’s not my fault if your video goes viral and Apple ends up suing you — even though parody ought to cover you there.
But seriously folks — why should I upgrade to Leopard? Is there any compelling reason beyond just trying the latest and newest gadgetry?