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Not that I heard of anything worth getting excited about. Version 10.6 of the operating system "is expected to be optimized for multicore processors, include QuickTime X, and offer built-in support for Microsoft's Exchange 2007 software....
I've never really felt compelled to always have the latest versions of software (unless it's for major security reasons). I still have Dreamweaver 8, Photoshop 8, Office 2004 - all old apps, and not once have I found myself at a loss due to an absent feature that's only available in the newer OS / software version.
From my perspective, the most important thing is to become fluent with the tools you have, which allows you to use them with maximum efficiency. Updating or changing the tools too frequently just reduces efficiency because you then have to readjust. That's why I'll be sticking with Tiger until my mid-2005 ibook dies completely, at which point I'll be FORCED to upgrade since none of the newer machines come with Tiger installed, and I don't believe that downgrading them is an option :(.
Look forward to seeing what they have in the new OS though :)
Take care with sticking with old versions of exposed software (mainly the OS, browsers and stuff like office that gets to open downloaded content): vendors typically only provide security related patches for a limited number of versions or for a limited time. I think -can't find confirmation right now- apple's policy for the OS is two versions only, so that would leave Tiger (10.4) out in the cold when Snow Leopard (10.6) comes along.
Wonder why John Hodgman ("PC Guy") never brings this stuff up when the Mac Guy is hammering him about Vista?
Because he's using Vista, ergo his computer is crashing too frequently for him to surfing the Web and reading articles and forums such as this fine one, so he's oblivious to the fact :P Just kidding!
[edited by: Chico_Loco at 5:53 pm (utc) on Nov. 20, 2008]
And, Spotlight (a desktop search) is awesome. I really could not work without it now.
Some stuff (certain flash video, web apps) doesn't work with this Mac, but that's why I have the other G3 indigo with 10.4. This one is grat for writing, posting, email.
I downloaded and tried Quicksilver 'cause everyone told me how they love it so, and I couldn't get the hang of it, just so much of it didn't seem intuitive to me...
A let us not forget Time Machine! How many of us never backed up our personal computers before Time Machine? I can't imagine having a mac without it, as well...
Spotlight is on Tiger BTW - I loathe it, mind you. Give me simple "find it by filename" any day of the week. And Time machine, meh. I run automated daily backups anyway.
As I understand it, Snow Leopard is not about features (bloat), and all about stability, compatibility with other technologies and speed increases. Which, if true, has to the first time that any major OS has been released with those goals in mind. And that suits me down to the ground.
There is nothing under Leopard that I need and Tiger works like a dream (other than the same display bugs that have plagued it since version 10.0).
Anyway, I look forward to 10.6 eagerly. Please don't disappoint me Apple.
I suspect that Apple are heading for the iPhone way of doing things. No desktop, no finder, no 'files'... no choice.
Sure, a techie can always drill down into the file system, but that's no use to 99% of Mac users.
I see Spotlight as just one technology that is going the way of abandoning the file system way of working. I'd make a guess that OS 10.7 or 10.8 will finally putting paid to any form of hierarchical file storage system.
I can't wait for the announcement from Apple that just like floppy disks, folders and files are no longer a relevant paradigm. OS X was step 1, iPhone was step 2.... step 3 will be ...?
Maybe. Of course, there is a small chance that I am talking nonsense. ;)
Now I'm using and loving Leopard. The updates have made it not only usable but much better than Tiger.
Snow Leopard .... probably ditto.
When it comes to software, especially the OS, I rarely want to be the first kid on the block. But ultimately it usually ends up being better.