confessions of a fanboy…
As is always the case when Apple releases a new OS, I plunked down my $129 and pre-ordered Leopard, and it actually arrived at my house several hours before the release time on October 26th – one advantage of living in the boondocks and pre-ordering. While my buddies in Nashville had to wait until that evening for the official release at the store, I was installing Leopard early in the day.
For the record, I have NEVER had issues installing a new OS from Apple. You just pop the disk in and begin to click “ok” and you are pretty much in business. But leopard is different beast. (From now on I will not dignify this crappy release with a capital letter) When I got to the screen asking me where to install it, my MacBook Pro’s hard drive did not appear. So I was dead before I started. I spent a good hour or so on the Apple boards finding out that many people are having the same issues, and finally found an answer on the boards while I sat on hold with Applecare…glad I paid for that. So I finally get it loaded up, and I am good to go.
Or so I thought. Suddenly, my machine is very sluggish, and I seem to have tons of things freeze up requiring me to force quit. As a point of reference, when I installed Tiger, it was over 4 MONTHS before I ever had the system lock up and force me to restart the machine. FOUR MONTHS!
I could go on and on about the past week or two, but let’s just leave it with the fact that I am unhappy. So last night my mac-buddy emails to let me know that the first update is out for leopard. So I immediately download and install, and immediately neither my iPod or my iPhone will sync music correctly. I get an error message explaining that the sync failed, and the iPod or iPhone disk cannot write to or be written to.
So here is the deal. Apple announced Leopard over a year ago, actually giving details about it. I don’t remember them ever doing that. They typically keep a lid on release dates and details of a new OS until just before it hits. Then leopard gets delayed big time, which is funny considering Apple frequently takes shots at how often Vista was delayed… And here’s the thing – I think they rushed it out too soon!!! It is NOT ready. Stay away for now. Trust me.
Lest the Apple faithful worry I have left the flock, I leave you with a few thoughts. My daughter and wife have both had leopard on their respective MacBooks without problems. And I will take a gimpy leopard over a crappy vista any day of the week.