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The Obligatory Mountain Lion Poll
Authored by: Helge33 on Jul 24, '12 08:52:30AM

Since Snow Leopard there where no really interesting new features in OSX. As Apple is now heading for iOS/OSX merge, follow the cloud hype and no longer interested in classical desktop apps like the Finder (still a lot to improve here) there is no need for any update... until the day where I am forced by new hardware.



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Agreed, but the cost is so cheap
Authored by: lullabud on Jul 24, '12 09:37:15AM

I agree that these recent updates have been very minor and are definitely not must-have updates. However, with the cost being less than many video games and productivity apps, it's worth considering for the conveniences it offers: twitter / facebook / flickr integration, notification center, messages (whose beta will expire very soon), encrypted disks, better remote desktop, airplay mirroring, automatic app updates, multiple time machine targets, etc..

Then again, there are the inconveniences, like the sandboxing (which can be disabled if it gets in the way too much), the moving away from apache and samba, etc.. Finder is still meh, full screen apps still take up one of multiple monitors.

So, yeah, it's a toss up.



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Reasons...
Authored by: gidds on Jul 24, '12 12:22:18PM

In my case, reasons not to upgrade from Snow Leopard include:

  • I still rely on Rosetta for loads of apps and programs. (Some would cost megapounds to upgrade, and some aren't supported.)
  • I'd hate AutoSave.
  • I hate full-screen.
  • I use Exposť and Spaces all the time.
  • I rely on visible scrollbars to contextualise window content.

Reasons to upgrade:

  • ...er...

Also, I disagree with how the platform is slowly but surely being turned into a walled garden. As a power user and occasional developer, I fear that my long-term future is more likely to be with Linux than Mac OS X. :-(

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Andy/


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Reasons...
Authored by: leamanc on Jul 24, '12 02:07:21PM

Rosetta is a good reason to stay on Snow Leopard, if you need it and can't afford to upgrade, or don't have any alternatives. As for the rest:

Auto-save can be disabled, with Save As... returned. The hint is here on this site.
You don't have to use full screen. Ever.
With Mission Control, you can use Expose and Spaces at the same time. Seriously, it's just both of those features combined into one.
Visible, "always on" scrollbars can be turned on in System Prefs->General.
I assume you mean Gatekeeper when talking about the walled garden. It's not there at all in Lion (just like Snow Leopard), and can be turned off completely in Mountain Lion.

Now are you sure you need those old PPC apps? :-)



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Agreed, but the cost is so cheap
Authored by: jeremyp on Jul 27, '12 10:41:43AM

Apache is still there and there's a launchdaemon plist for it. It's just the preference option to start it has gone. I've no idea why they would do that.



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