Snow Leopard After a Week

Now that I have been running OS 10.6 (aka. Snow Leopard) on my 2006 MacBook Pro for a week. I can offer my opinions of the latest OS X.

Twitter followers had heard me complain that my MacBook Pro was very slow with certain apps, including those that others had raved about for being improved and much speedier.

If you read my post, Snow Leopard Now Installed, you will know that I spent some time examining all the Extensions, Input Managers and Plug-ins, to ensure compatibility with OS 10.6 before I upgrading my MBP. So I don’t believe the application slowness was due to the incompatibilities of Extensions, Input Managers or Plug-ins.

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Snow Leopard Now Installed

As many of you know Apple released the latest version of OS X, 10.6 (aka. Snow Leopard) on Friday, August 28, 2009.

I had pre-ordered this version on Tuesday, when Apple began accepting orders on their online store for HKD238.00. Apple had originally told me that my order was going to ship on August 28 and I would not receive the shipment until Monday, August 31. Although I was a bit disappointed I was glad to have the time to prepare my Mac for the upgrade. So I was caught by surprised when Apple delivered my shipment on Saturday, August 29.

You ask, “…prepare my Mac for the upgrade”? Yes, I normally do a fresh Time Machine backup and a full image backup of the boot up drive before I attempt any OS upgrade. Since this time it is a dot release, and the amount of changes to the underlining OS, it is even more important to do so.

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OS 10.6 aka Snow Leopard Software Compatibility Chart

As all of you know the pending release of Apple’s latest version of OS X, version 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard), will be available this Friday, August 28th.

To help you decide whether to purchase this upgrade, or more precisely, whether the applications, utilities and plugins you’re using are compatible with OS 10.6. There is a Wiki created to track such information.

So before you rush onto Apple Online Store or other online retailers to place your pre-order. You may want to run down the check list first. See if one of the applications you depends on is on the list. If it is marked as not compatible, you may want to check with the developer before making your purchase.

Snow Leopard Compatibility Chart

Pre-ordered OX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard

OS X Snow Leopard

While checking Apple Online Store Hong Kong last night I pre-ordered OS 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard), also bought an Airport Express to replace my dying Airport Extreme (white flying saucer).

This is the first time in the past 20+ years that I pre-ordered Mac OS. I personally have a MacBook Pro 15″ (mid-2006 MacBookPro1,1) so will not be able to take advantage all that are new in the latest OS. Does this qualify me as a true fanboy?

I recommend anyone with dual core and dual graphic cards to upgrade to OS 10.6, everyone else can wait until more reviews of OS 10.6 are released here on this blog. Unless you’re a die-hard like myself.

OS 10.6 Order