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stucarius2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I know the Apple community has grown a lot lately so it bears repeating that Apple releases their OS's intending their users to be the final line of testers or as I call us "OMEGA" testers.

It really is a good philosophy because you simply can never get everything out in limited Beta. To me this is one of the joys of being an Apple user. We are not treated like children who need a completely carefree experience. Ultimately the OS's iron out these wrinkles and become the envy of Redmond that they always become. By doing things like this we as Mac users get to have OS's that push the bounds of technology and the software experience.

If you want hand holding you can go to Microsoft and ..ooohhhhh.....that's not working out so well for them is it?

You know compared to the nightmare I experience on my Windows machine when I upgraded to Vista this is a walk in the park with a beautiful woman.

Are there problems? Yep. Would I put it on my production machine? Nope. Not until I tested it on another machine with all my driver/software configurations. Would I recommend to a user with low tolerance that they use leopard right now? Nope, not for several weeks or even after the holidays or days leading up to Macworld.

Anyway, my two bits.

Mac Pro, Mac Book Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.5), Dual Monitors on Mac Pro
  • 1. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    i think i just shed a tear...

    that was beautiful man! /three cheers!
  • 2. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    psalmsmith Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Yeah, I have always considered 10.n.1 or 10.n.2 to be the "final" release for X. In 10.1 days, I think...10.n.4 was the release that behaved like a "final"?

    Anyway, I, like you, love the way they do this. When any of the other big OS versions are released, those releases are treated as "final" and they usually only fill holes after some mega-corp with big bucks demands a fix. But Apple actually TREATS 10.n.0 and 10.n.1 as development releases, and as soon as holed are discovered, they are fixed and sent via automatic update.

    All in all IMHO, it makes for a better, more flawless OS. And as an early adopter, I pretty much always get the new OS release within 24-48 hrs of hitting the shelves.
  • 3. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    superowl1867 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    In the meantime, I have installed Leopard, am very happy with Time Machine and the ability to use coverflow on all files. Nice to know my Bootcamp updates will keep working too...
  • 4. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    rhizoned Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Well said!
  • 5. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    Michael Oman-Reagan Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
    Here's a thought to blow your mind...

    Think about 10.0 - the original...

    Now thing about 10.4 - all the amazing features that were added that we can't live without now.

    Well, just imagine what 10.9 will be like...


    lol
  • 6. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    psalmsmith Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Seems to me that Bootcamp works a heckuvalot better under 10.5 (not just as good as) and my goodness, Spaces alone has already made me 30% more productive.

    I no longer have an active copy of Parallels, but I am wondering if you can bury Parallels full-screen inside of one of he Spaces.... hmm... now THAT could be all kinds of handy.
  • 7. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Well said!
  • 8. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    Chris Welbon Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    psalmsmith wrote:
    I no longer have an active copy of Parallels, but I am wondering if you can bury Parallels full-screen inside of one of he Spaces.... hmm... now THAT could be all kinds of handy.


    You can. And it is.
  • 9. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    shuuki Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank you for your level-headed words. It seems that every flaw, minor or major, has garnered massive amounts of Apple hating from the community these last few days. I'm a little put off by early adopters who seem to think that a point-zero release is going to be perfect. Sure I'm frustrated by some little things, but I'd like to believe if we as a community patiently explain to Apple what we like, what we don't like, and what we'd like to see, they'll fix it in the coming weeks and months.

    It seems like the Apple community as a whole doesn't accept change easily. Every feature that has changed or vanished between 9 and X has provoked discussions that seem more worthy of religious comparisons between current events and prophecies about the apocalypse. Here we are on the cutting edge in a changing world of technology, using some of the most advanced consumer hardware ever made, yet every single flaw is worthy of anger. Sure Apple is growing, and it means that a few of us will slip through the cracks. But this is one of the most creative ingenious communities I've ever been a part of, and I refuse to believe that Apple is out to get us and sell us substandard product. If someone tries to tell me that things were better ten years ago, I dare you to be able to do anything productive in your day-to-day life in the here and now with OS8/Win95.
  • 10. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    127.0.0.1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is the BEST post I have read today. Thanks for your insight.
  • 11. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,690 points)
  • 12. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    Jesse Fleming Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree. What a breath of fresh air to read something that is positive. I took the leap and installed Leopard on my daily work machine. Do I regret it. Nope. Not in the least. There are things however that are killing me, but you know what, I choose to early adopt and I actually like living like that so I can see more of the progression of the OS. I know that Leopard will get better and tighter and we will be at .2 within a couple/few months, so I am not really concerned. Apple produces some of the best, more innovative software and I love the experience of using it. I could never go back to using anything else.

    Good job Apple, keep up the good work. There is so much positive going on under the hood with Leopard that is going to be dividends for a long time to come. Change always brings some pains, but those pains will go away and be overcome. Without change and pain, forward progression never happens.

    BTW, the flat battleship gray is frickin awesome! Great choice for the UI. It's beautiful but does not get in my "visual way" at all. Stuff like this makes me happy.
  • 13. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    right on!
  • 14. Re: Come on folks we are Omega testers here
    Steve Thompson Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)
    Well said
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