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Snow Leopard's coming soon!
Authored by: dotmike on Aug 24, '09 04:15:17PM

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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