Snow Leopard: Installation and Some Early Impressions
Snow Leopard finally arrived at my office as I was heading off to teach Computer Engineers about OS X. This year, four of the students have Macs with another about to buy. Near the end of the class, I opened the box and decided to install it to give the students an idea of what it would look like. With the new method of installing which copies files to the computer, then installs with only a blue progress bar, this was as interesting as watching ice melt.
When upgrading my iMac a few days later I used the Configure button, before pressing Install, to remove the extra language packages. I made sure additional fonts were included and Rosetta: some older applications need this. I had missed this at work and needed to install it later. Only recognised printers had their drivers installed.
On the iMac I also had an extra 12G, measured the old way. This is partly due to the smaller (4.3G) installation, but also because much code that is no longer needed has been stripped out. While Snow Leopard is billed as an upgrade, a lot of what goes on has been completely rewritten.
While the network at my office is occasionally a problem, usually I am able to connect sooner or later. After a couple of restarts and checking the wifi router passwords, I was able to connect to both of the LAN networks, but everything failed when it came to the Internet (WAN). In the end, I made new Locations, typing in the same details as before. I was then able to connect.
At home, the MacBook Pro connected once the passwords had been fixed, but the iMac would not. I found that the DNS settings were for a router I had replaced months ago, so deleted them. Snow Leopard automatically put in correct DNS numbers and I was online as soon as I clicked, Apply.
Apart from these minor problems, there are only a few visible changes to the new operating system. Immediately noticeable, for day to day use is the way the Dock displays information. Before, when clicking on a Dock icon, a menu was revealed.
It was always possible to switch keyboard languages. In that control we could also display a small viewer that matched the language and the keyboard used. That may now be made full screen width which is useful for those with poor sight. My friends all said, "touch screen", which Leander Kahney may have been the first to put in print.
Apple is rumoured to be working on a 10.6.1 update. I would have been surprised if they were not. [This was released on Thursday 10 September 2009]
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