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And will it eat us alive?
Authored by: fyngyrz on Aug 24, '09 03:08:31PM

TWIMC:

Considering that even minor updates to Leopard have introduced severe, long term bugs (such as 10.5.7 destroying the OS's ability to comprehend HDTVs via HDMI), I find myself just a little too skeptical to consider being an early adopter of Snow Leopard.

It would be very useful to see hints that describe problems, not just solutions, with this particular release. IE, "Warning: application/driver/feature X does not work under 10.6.x." Workarounds too, if possible, of course.

Even aside from bugs, I find myself really wondering where that six gigs of space came from. Has any functionality been tossed?

For instance, will PPC executables, drivers and prefs panes still be emulated transparently? Will old Appleware (such as Appleworks v6) continue to work? What about older drivers such as scanner drivers from third parties, like the Epson Scan app/driver combo? What about virtualization apps like Parallels Desktop?

Minor OS updates carry with them, generally anyway, the assurance that your stuff should keep working, or at least, it is understood that such is Apple's intent. Snow Leopard, however, is a complete rewrite with a considerable change in footprint, and with regard to keeping my operating environment from going up in a mushroom cloud, I think caution is called for.

Perhaps I sound like a whiner, but I actually work all day, most days, at my mac pro and introducing serious instability and/or incompatibility is about as welcome at my desk as an advanced case of herpes.

Mac OS Hints would be an excellent place to keep track of this, because the community is *far* and away more knowledgeable here than anywhere else public I am aware of.

Thanks for your consideration.


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--fyngyrz



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And will it eat us alive?
Authored by: dotmike on Aug 24, '09 04:13:42PM

I predict a few upgrade gotchas, though not an overwhelming number (unless the media beats them up).

PowerPC apps WILL continue to run. By default, the PPC to Intel code translator - Rosetta - is not installed. However, when such an app is first run, Snow Leopard offers to do a download install. This is only 2MB, so not a great burden.

After that, all PowerPC based apps will run as before.

As I understand it, the majority of the space saving comes from only installing printer drivers for local and network detected printers, removing redundant fat binary code (Snow Leopard will only run on Intel Macs, so there is little use for its apps to contain fat binaries), plus optimizations to make core apps leaner and meaner.

Language support will still include the dozen or so languages which few of us speak, so there is still a good reason to customize the install options to save extra space.

The main areas I predict will give trouble will be app combinations that require kernel extension support, such as 3G modems, application enhancers, including Safari plugins, and old drivers.

I also predict Mac OS X Hints will be busy over the next few weeks!



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